Cemetery meaning

sĕmĭ-tĕrē
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The definition of a cemetery is a place where people are buried.

An example of a cemetery is a grassy area with headstones.

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A place for burying the dead; a graveyard.
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A place for the burial of the dead; graveyard.
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A place where the dead are buried; a graveyard or memorial park.
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Origin of cemetery

  • Middle English cimiterie from Old French cimitiere from Medieval Latin cimitērium from Late Latin coemētērium from Greek koimētērion from koimān to put to sleep kei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary