noun, plural cem·e·ter·ies.
Origin of cemetery
Examples from the Web for cemetery
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now open a cemetery" or "Do you make doctors work as nurses?
Three kids play cricket among the crude gravestones in a cemetery that is the largest in the province.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I remember very clearly the scene at the cemetery, it was very emotional.
And they said Glenn Evans will take you up to the cemetery, throw you in an open grave and tell you he is going to kill you.I Was Beaten By Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop, Lawsuit Contends|Justin Glawe|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But an Eskimo, for his part, can sit all day as still as a tombstone in a cemetery.Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North|Fullerton Waldo
When a driven man arrives at a cemetery world, what else can it be but journey's end—and the start of a new one?Dead Man's Planet|William Morrison
A lot of discoloured bones were lying about among the débris disinterred from the cemetery by the bombardments.Fanny Goes to War|Pat Beauchamp
Lasné was among the mourners, and witnessed the interment, which took place in the cemetery of Sainte-Marguerite.
The nature of the Santiago cemetery is entirely different from these last-mentioned two.Journeys and Experiences in Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile|Henry Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for cemetery
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for cemetery
Word Origin and History for cemetery
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.