cemetery

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Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

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From Middle English cimiterie, from Old French cimitiere, from Medieval Latin cimitērium, from Late Latin coemētērium, from Ancient Greek κοιμητήριον (koimētḗrion), from κοιμάω (koimáō, I put to sleep); compare cœmeterium.

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cemetery (plural cemeteries)

  1. A place where the dead are buried; a graveyard or memorial park.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, Pt II, Ch. 2:
      The plain around was interspersed with cemeteries, Turk, Greek, and Armenian, with their growth of cypress trees...
    • 1970, Kazimierz Godłowski, “The chronology of the Late Roman and early migration periods in Central Europe”, in Acta scientiarum litterarumque: Schedae archeologicae[1], Nakładem Uniwersytetu Jagiellonśkiego, page 22:
      They were probably the work of individual craftsmen working to meet the chieftains' needs. Their place in the chronology of the big cemeteries is indicated by the less richly-decorated double-springed bronze brooches which are found here.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 37:
      ...the cemetery—which people of shattering wit like Sampson never tired of calling ‘the dead centre of town’...

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