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  1. a stone marking a grave, usually giving the name, date of death, etc., of the person buried there.
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Origin of gravestone

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at grave1, stone
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Related Words for gravestone

stone, tablet, masterpiece, slab, pillar, testament, shrine, tombstone, statue, tomb, headstone, tribute, mausoleum, gravestone, marker, stele, pole, indicator, flag, memorial

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British Dictionary definitions for gravestone


  1. a stone marking a grave and usually inscribed with the name and dates of the person buried
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Word Origin and History for gravestone


late 14c., "stone over a grave;" c.1200, "stone coffin," from grave (n.) + stone (n.).

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