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churchyard

[church-yahrd]
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noun
  1. the yard or ground adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.
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Origin of churchyard

1125–75; Middle English chirche yeard; see church, yard2
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  • But see the church in the hollow, and the folk who cluster in the churchyard!

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He went first to the churchyard, where his mother's remains had been that day interred.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He too was agitated; for he had not seen her since their parting in the churchyard.

  • The rain was still falling as the carriage stopped at the churchyard.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Very early on the morning of the wedding the Major made his appearance in the churchyard.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for churchyard

churchyard

noun
  1. the grounds surrounding a church, usually used as a graveyard
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Word Origin and History for churchyard

n.

early 12c., from church + yard (n.1).

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