Meaning of “cemetery” in the English Dictionary

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"cemetery" in British 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

  • His father is buried in the cemetery on the hill.
  • We came across a run-down cemetery, full of tumbled gravestones.
  • At the far side of the cemetery a group of mourners stood in a circle around the grave.
  • He goes down to the cemetery every week to lay flowers on her grave.
  • He is in charge of a large municipal cemetery on the outskirts of the city.

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. 

(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)