- a piece of ground reserved as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor. Matt. 27:7.
Origin of potter's field
First recorded in 1520–30
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- US a cemetery where the poor or unidentified are buried at the public expense
- New Testament the land bought by the Sanhedrin with the money paid for the betrayal of Jesus (which Judas had returned to them) to be used as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor (Acts 1:19; Matthew 27:7)
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