Meaning of “churchyard” in the English Dictionary

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"churchyard" in British English

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churchyardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃɜːtʃ.jɑːd/ us /ˈtʃɝːtʃ.jɑːrd/

Examples from literature

  • A small footbridge leads across the moat to the churchyard. 
  • I trembled and turned white, and thought of my father's grave in the churchyard, which I knew so well. 
  • The churchyard is exceedingly pretty, and the church most interesting. 
  • The clock was striking midday as they entered the churchyard. 
  • There is some old glass in the windows, and a cross in the churchyard. 

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

"churchyard" in American English

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churchyardnoun [ C ]

us /ˌtʃɜrtʃˌjɑrd/

an area around a church, often where people are buried

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