From Middle English churchyard, chirch-ȝerd, chircheȝerd (also kirk-ȝerd, kirkeyard > English kirkyard), equivalent to church + yard. Compare also Middle English kurk-garth, kyrkgarth, kirrkegærd, from Old Norse kirkjugarðr (“churchyard; graveyard”). Replaced Middle English chirchetoun from Old English ċiriċtūn (churchtown).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɝt͡ʃ.jɑɹd/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɜːt͡ʃ.jɑːd/
- Hyphenation: church‧yard
churchyard (plural churchyards)
- A patch of land adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.