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[hed-stohn] /ˈhɛdˌstoʊn/
a stone marker set at the head of a grave; gravestone.
Origin of headstone
First recorded in 1525-35; head + stone Unabridged
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  • The headstone, set up by the parson, bore the words "Peccator Maximus."

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • We piled after Ase, who'd made a dash to get to the headstone first.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Crombie had seen two names on a headstone in the kirkyard of Kilgower.

    Allison Bain Margaret Murray Robertson
  • I want to put up his headstone for him, and I know just what lines are going to be put on the stone.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • There was a headstone there, but the snow was so deep the engineer didn't see it.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for headstone


a memorial stone at the head of a grave
(architect) another name for keystone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for headstone

c.1400, "cornerstone," from head (adj.) + stone (n.). Meaning "upright stone at the head of a grave" is 1775, from head (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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