a stone marker set at the head of a grave; gravestone.

Origin of headstone

First recorded in 1525–35; head + stone
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Historical Examples of headstone

  • The headstone, set up by the parson, bore the words "Peccator Maximus."

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • We piled after Ase, who'd made a dash to get to the headstone first.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Crombie had seen two names on a headstone in the kirkyard of Kilgower.

    Allison Bain

    Margaret Murray Robertson

  • I want to put up his headstone for him, and I know just what lines are going to be put on the stone.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • There was a headstone there, but the snow was so deep the engineer didn't see it.

    Maw's Vacation

    Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for headstone



a memorial stone at the head of a grave
architect another name for keystone
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Word Origin and History for headstone

c.1400, "cornerstone," from head (adj.) + stone (n.). Meaning "upright stone at the head of a grave" is 1775, from head (n.).

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