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Origin of gravestone

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at grave1, stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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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