- the yard or ground adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.
Origin of churchyard
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Examples from the Web for churchyard
Ray gave Jay a shell, then stepped onto a small, rickety carousel in the comer of the churchyard and loaded up.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
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I leaned out of the window but recoiled with disgust, for the young man with the pasty face stood below in the churchyard.
As I turned, my listless glance included the man below in the churchyard.
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
He too was agitated; for he had not seen her since their parting in the churchyard.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The rain was still falling as the carriage stopped at the churchyard.
Very early on the morning of the wedding the Major made his appearance in the churchyard.
- the grounds surrounding a church, usually used as a graveyard
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Word Origin and History for churchyard
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