Definition of lychgate in English:

lychgate

(also lichgate)

noun

  • A roofed gateway to a churchyard, formerly used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman's arrival.

    • ‘One monument that has already benefited is the lychgate at All Saints Church, Crudwell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Externally the building is approached through a lychgate, which enhances the feeling of seclusion, and a beautifully simple porch.’
    • ‘The most notable of these is the 14th century St Georges Church with its 13 th century lychgate - the oldest in England.’
    barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Old English līc ‘body’+ gate.

Pronunciation:

lychgate

/ˈlɪtʃɡeɪt/