graveyard

[ greyv-yahrd ]
/ ˈgreɪvˌyɑrd /

noun

a burial ground, often associated with smaller rural churches, as distinct from a larger urban or public cemetery.
Informal. graveyard shift.
a place in which obsolete or derelict objects are kept: an automobile graveyard.

Nearby words

  1. gravesham,
  2. graveside,
  3. gravesite,
  4. gravestone,
  5. gravettian,
  6. graveyard orbit,
  7. graveyard shift,
  8. graveyard slot,
  9. graveyard stew,
  10. graveyard watch

Origin of graveyard

First recorded in 1765–75; grave1 + yard2

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British Dictionary definitions for graveyard

graveyard

/ (ˈɡreɪvˌjɑːd) /

noun

a place for graves; a burial ground, esp a small one or one in a churchyard
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Word Origin and History for graveyard

graveyard

n.

1773, from grave (n.) + yard (n.1). Graveyard shift "late-night work" is c.1907, from earlier nautical term, in reference to the loneliness of after-hours work.

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