One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A roofed gateway to a churchyard, formerly used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman's arrival.
barrier, wicket, wicket gate, five-barred gate, turnstileView synonyms
- ‘The church itself is usually surrounded by its graveyard, in which might be found a lychgate, cross, anchorage, bell tower, school, and a priest's house.’
- ‘One monument that has already benefited is the lychgate at All Saints Church, Crudwell.’
- ‘Externally the building is approached through a lychgate, which enhances the feeling of seclusion, and a beautifully simple porch.’
- ‘Coun Liddington has been raising money for a new war memorial at the lychgate at Sherston church for villagers who died in the Second World War and in Northern Ireland.’
- ‘The most notable of these is the 14th century St Georges Church with its 13 th century lychgate - the oldest in England.’
Late 15th century: from Old English līc ‘body’ + gate.
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