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cemetery

[ sem-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsɛm ɪˌtɛr i /
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noun, plural cem·e·ter·ies.

an area set apart for or containing graves, tombs, or funeral urns, especially one that is not a churchyard; burial ground; graveyard.

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RELATED WORDS

tomb, garden, graveyard, mortuary, ossuary, crypt, sepulcher, catacomb, necropolis, vault, grave, Golgotha, churchyard, charnel

Nearby words

cementodentinal junction, cementoenamel junction, cementoma, cementum, cemeterial, cemetery, cen., cenacle, cenaeum, cenci, cenci, beatrice

Origin of cemetery

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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British Dictionary definitions for cemetery

cemetery

/ (ˈsɛmɪtrɪ) /

noun plural -teries

a place where the dead are buried, esp one not attached to a church

Word Origin for cemetery

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

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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