- The definition of a cemetery is a place where people are buried.
An example of a cemetery is a grassy area with headstones.
An old cemetery overlooking the sea.
Origin of cemeteryEcclesiastical Late Latin coemeterium ; from Classical Greek koimētērion, sleeping place (in Ecclesiastical Late Greek cemetery) ; from koiman, to put to sleep; akin to keimai, to lie down: see home
Origin of cemeteryMiddle English cimiterie, from Old French cimitiere, from Medieval Latin cimitērium, from Late Latin coemētērium, from Greek koimētērion, from koimān, to put to sleep; see kei- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English cimiterie, from Old French cimitiere, from Medieval Latin cimitērium, from Late Latin coemētērium, from Ancient Greek κοιμητήριον (koimētērion), from κοιμάω (koimaō, “I put to sleep”); compare cœmeterium.