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[greyv-stohn] /ˈgreɪvˌstoʊn/
a stone marking a grave, usually giving the name, date of death, etc., of the person buried there.
Origin of gravestone
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at grave1, stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All around were graves, and the rider found he had a gravestone under him!

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • On my word, that must be the gravestone of Preben Schwane and his wife!

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • He slowly recovered calmness, and remained leaning on the gravestone.

  • Do you know, Uniacke, it seems—it seems to me that the gravestone has been defaced.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • "My wife's gravestone is the parrots' roosting place," said Fernando.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for gravestone


a stone marking a grave and usually inscribed with the name and dates of the person buried
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gravestone

late 14c., "stone over a grave;" c.1200, "stone coffin," from grave (n.) + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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