Meaning of “cemetery” in the English Dictionary


"cemetery" in English

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cemeterynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsem.ə.tri/ us /ˈsem.ə.ter.i/

B2 an area of ground in which dead bodies are buried


Examples from literature

  • All of my dead relatives are in the same cemetery. 
  • For years afterward, people visiting Floyd’s grave would steal things from the small cemetery to keep as a memory. 
  • It is a giant cemetery filled with tombs, some over a thousand years old. 
  • The residents are very poor people who would find it difficult to leave or buy a home outside the cemetery. 
  • Traditionally, they begin in a house of worship and continue to a cemetery where the body is buried in the ground. 
  • Duty took me to the cemetery a few days after the burial, and I noticed standing at the graveside with uncovered and bowed head a soldier of the battalion. 
  • Hella went for a walk round the cemetery while I went to darling Mother's grave. 
  • There I perceived that the tombstone had just been raised, for the tools of the cemetery keeper were near by. 
  • They laid him to rest in the nearest Protestant cemetery, for such had been his request. 
  • We went into the field which was used as a cemetery and there we laid the bodies to rest. 

(Definition of “cemetery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cemetery" in American English

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cemeterynoun [ C ]

us /ˈsem·ɪˌter·i/

an area of ground in which dead bodies are buried

(Definition of “cemetery” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)