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cemetery

[sem-i-ter-ee] /ˈsɛm ɪˌtɛr i/
noun, plural cemeteries.
1.
an area set apart for or containing graves, tombs, or funeral urns, especially one that is not a churchyard; burial ground; graveyard.
Origin of cemetery
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin coemētērium < Greek koimētḗrion a sleeping place, equivalent to koimē- (variant stem of koimân to put to sleep) + -tērion suffix of locality
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  • Passing the Jewish cemetery, Kate and Harry paused a moment.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Macarius was attacked when in a cemetery, and passed a whole night in defending himself.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Not long since I took occasion to visit the cemetery near this city.

  • Tip watched her, and she took the road leading to the cemetery.

  • This we dignified, even in common speech; it was always grandly "the cemetery."

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for cemetery

cemetery

/ˈsɛmɪtrɪ/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
a place where the dead are buried, esp one not attached to a church
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin coemētērium, from Greek koimētērion room for sleeping, from koiman to put to sleep
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Word Origin and History for cemetery
n.

late 14c., from Old French cimetiere "graveyard" (12c.), from Late Latin coemeterium, from Greek koimeterion "sleeping place, dormitory," from koiman "to put to sleep," keimai "I lie down," from PIE root *kei- "to lie, rest," also "bed, couch," hence secondary sense of "beloved, dear" (cf. Greek keisthai "to lie, lie asleep," Old Church Slavonic semija "family, domestic servants," Lithuanian šeima "domestic servants," Lettish sieva "wife," Old English hiwan "members of a household," higid "measure of land," Latin cunae "a cradle," Sanskrit Sivah "propitious, gracious"). Early Christian writers were the first to use it for "burial ground," though the Greek word also had been anciently used in reference to the sleep of death. An Old English word for "cemetery" was licburg.

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