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tombstone

[toom-stohn]
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noun
  1. a stone marker, usually inscribed, on a tomb or grave.
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Origin of tombstone

First recorded in 1555–65; tomb + stone
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tombstone

noun
  1. another word for gravestone
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Tombstone

noun
  1. a town in the US, in Arizona: scene of the gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881. Pop: 1547 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for tombstone

n.

1560s, originally the flat stone atop a grave (or the lid of a stone coffin); from tomb + stone (n.). Meaning "gravestone, headstone" is attested from 1711. The city in Arizona, U.S., said to have been named by prospector Ed Schieffelin, who found silver there in 1877 after being told all he would find there was his tombstone.

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