One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large, flat inscribed stone standing or laid over a grave.
gravestone, headstone, stone, grave marker, memorial, monument, obeliskView synonyms
- ‘In areas where stone was readily available tombstones bearing inscriptions were erected, and examples are known from Gloucester, Cirencester, Bath, York, Chester, and Carlisle amongst other towns.’
- ‘There is no tombstone to mark his grave, there are no buildings, roads or railways which bear his name.’
- ‘The beautifully carved tombstones, with inscriptions in the Dutch language, could have been carved in Holland and sent to India.’
- ‘She visits the grave three times a year to clear the moss from the flat tombstone.’
- ‘If the memorials and flapping flags on the beaches evoke a feeling of past glories, row after row of white marble tombstones serve to remind people what war is really all about.’
- ‘The inscription on his tombstone in Groombridge Church, where he is buried alongside his three children, bears his original name and no reference to his nom de plume.’
- ‘A corner of the estate however was left on its own, with stonewall surroundings but no grave markings or tombstones.’
- ‘The statue was surrounded by graves, rows of tombstones stretching out as far as the eye could see in all directions.’
- ‘It contains a memorial and row upon row of white tombstones in well-tended plots.’
- ‘Sir Robert has inscribed on his tombstone the words: ‘He loved his country’.’
- ‘Listed also are over 600 tombstones and grave slabs from the old cemetery in Aghamore.’
- ‘The cemetery became a labyrinth, as family and friends slowly filed between the graves and tombstones to visit their departed loved ones on All Souls' Day.’
- ‘I don't think I'll have his tribute inscribed on my tombstone.’
- ‘Rob and I walked slowly along the rows of stark white granite tombstones, each engraved with a Canadian maple leaf.’
- ‘The inscription on the oldest tombstone in the graveyard reads: Here lyeth the body of Elizabeth Bryn, departed 1730.’
- ‘At the moment, I'm thinking about a tombstone I'm having made for my father's grave.’
- ‘The straight vertical edge that viewers see as they walk into the room could be an obelisk, a standing figure, or even a stone tombstone.’
- ‘A tombstone standing over a grave for over 100 years was desecrated and pieces of the headstone were scattered over the area.’
- ‘Paul spent hours locating and reading the inscriptions on the tombstones and monuments, bedecked with harps, shamrocks, and Celtic crosses.’
- ‘The common motto, inscribed on memorials and tombstones is ‘Lest we forget.’’
2An advertisement listing the underwriters or firms associated with a new issue of securities.
- ‘It includes tombstone advertising with a searchable database of recent tombstones and one-click access to more detailed info on major financial transactions and company data.’
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