- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Ecclesiastical 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
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noun pl. cem·e·ter·ies
Origin: Middle 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-1 in Indo-European roots.