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[greyv-yahrd] /ˈgreɪvˌyɑrd/
a burial ground, often associated with smaller rural churches, as distinct from a larger urban or public cemetery.
Informal. graveyard shift.
a place in which obsolete or derelict objects are kept:
an automobile graveyard.
Origin of graveyard
First recorded in 1765-75; grave1 + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for graveyard
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  • And he stood there lookin', and he says to me: 'No, Katy, that is a graveyard.'

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • On walks along the waterfront he would treat it all like a graveyard.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • So you stop away from school, and I find you in the graveyard!

  • But he rather liked to visit the graveyard on Sunday afternoons.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Kendrick, I wasn't so far off when I talked about that graveyard trip, eh?

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The graveyard is a ridiculous place for anybody to be, but I shall be there—and soon.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Excuse me, Mr. Bangs, but have you been spendin' this lovely forenoon in the graveyard?

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "We run afoul of each other over to the graveyard," he grunted.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He turned away at last, and was leaving the graveyard, when some one touched him on the arm.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Start the first fire directly beyond the graveyard to the east.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for graveyard


a place for graves; a burial ground, esp a small one or one in a churchyard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for graveyard

1773, from grave (n.) + yard (n.1). Graveyard shift "late-night work" is c.1907, from earlier nautical term, in reference to the loneliness of after-hours work.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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