or lych gate also lich gate
A roofed gateway to a churchyard used originally as a resting place for a bier before burial.
Origin of lych-gateMiddle English lycheyate : lyche, corpse, body (from Old English l&imacron;c; see l&imacron;k- in Indo-European roots) + gate, yate, gate; see gate1.
Church of St. James the Great
- A churchyard gateway with a roof, under which a corpse was laid during a funeral to await the arrival of the clergyman.