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lich gate

or lych gate

noun
  1. a roofed gate to a churchyard under which a bier is set down during a burial service to await the coming of the clergyman.
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Origin of lich gate

First recorded in 1475–85
Also called resurrection gate.
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Examples from the Web for lich gate

Historical Examples of lich gate

  • Leonard ran a few steps, then walked to the lich-gate, where he waited.

    The Man

    Bram Stoker

  • The German leichengang has precisely the same meaning as our Lich-Gate.

  • In other parts of the country are examples of chambers over the lich-gate.

    Old Church Lore

    William Andrews

  • At the entrance to the graveyard is the lich-gate and mortuary, where many wrecked seamen were taken for burial.

    The Cornwall Coast

    Arthur L. Salmon

  • Carrados dropped the near window as a man in glistening waterproof stepped from the shelter of a lich-gate and approached.

    Max Carrados

    Ernest Bramah


British Dictionary definitions for lich gate

lich gate

noun
  1. a variant spelling of lych gate
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