Definition of graveyard in US English:

graveyard

noun

  • A burial ground, especially one beside a church.

    • ‘He decided to brave the city streets and walked over to the church graveyard.’
    • ‘A campaign has been launched to restore a historic graveyard to its former glory.’
    • ‘The church is situated in the old graveyard and across the road from the present cemetery.’
    • ‘He was shaking as he watched the men carry the box into the graveyard behind the church.’
    • ‘He was buried with full military honours in the graveyard of his local church.’
    • ‘Nearby there is an old graveyard and it would appear that a church may have existed.’
    • ‘People attending are advised to use the field next to the graveyard for parking.’
    • ‘Can I remind both children and parents that graveyards and cemeteries are not playgrounds.’
    • ‘This church was located at the back of the old graveyard and had direct access to the priests house.’
    • ‘Everyday she visited the graveyard and stood for hours before the grave of her daughter.’
    • ‘Easter is celebrated in the church and by visiting the graveyards of kin.’
    • ‘Churches and graveyards suffered desecration and in some places destruction under subsequent regimes.’
    • ‘The graveyard was used from the beginning, as poor people who went to the workhouse couldn't afford to be buried in the church graveyards.’
    • ‘So the old parish churches, with their graveyards, are a precious heritage.’
    • ‘He was buried beside my mother in the graveyard beside the church in the little town near our ranch.’
    • ‘The relatives of all those buried in the graveyards had decorated their graves for the occasion.’
    • ‘After a final prayer, the coffin was lifted and transported to the church graveyard.’
    • ‘She cycled on, through the winding streets of the village to the graveyard beside the old stone church.’
    • ‘The main path in the graveyard across the road from the church will be replaced this week.’
    • ‘Burial in the ground was the most common method; there are ancient graveyards found on all the major islands.’
    cemetery, burial ground, churchyard, memorial park, necropolis, burial place, burying place, garden of remembrance
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Pronunciation

graveyard

/ˈɡreɪvˌjɑrd//ˈɡrāvˌyärd/