cemetery NOUN (pl. cemeteries) a large burial ground.
ORIGIN Greek koimtrion 'dormitory' .

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  • cemetery — [sem′ə ter΄ē] n. pl. cemeteries [LL(Ec) coemeterium < Gr koimētērion, sleeping place (in LGr(Ec), cemetery) < koiman, to put to sleep; akin to keimai, to lie down: see HOME] a place for the burial of the dead; graveyard …   English World dictionary

  • Cemetery — Cem e*ter*y, n.; pl. {Cemeteries}. [L. cemeterium, Gr. ? a sleeping chamber, burial place, fr. ? to put to sleep.] A place or ground set apart for the burial of the dead; a graveyard; a churchyard; a necropolis. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cemetery — late 14c., from O.Fr. cimetiere graveyard (12c.), from L.L. coemeterium, from Gk. koimeterion sleeping place, dormitory, from koimao to put to sleep, keimai I lie down, from PIE root *kei to lie, rest (Cf. Goth haims village, O.E. ham …   Etymology dictionary

  • cemetery — [n] burial ground boot hill*, catacomb, charnel, charnel house, churchyard, city of the dead*, crypt, eternal home*, funerary grounds, garden, God’s acre*, Golgotha, grave, graveyard, marble town*, memorial park, mortuary, necropolis, ossuary,… …   New thesaurus

  • Cemetery — For other uses, see Cemetery (disambiguation). Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island …   Wikipedia

  • CEMETERY — In Hebrew a cemetery is variously termed as bet kevarot ( place of the sepulchers ; Neh. 2:3, Sanh. 6:5); bet olam ( house of eternity ; see Eccles. 12:5) or its Aramaic form bet almin (Eccles. R. 10:9, Targ. Isa. 40:11, TJ, MK 80b); bet mo ed le …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • cemetery — n. at, in a cemetery (she works at/in the cemetery; to be buried in a cemetery) * * * in a cemetery (she works at/in the cemetery; to be buried in a cemetery) at …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cemetery — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ local ▪ private, public ▪ He was buried in a private cemetery. ▪ military ▪ Catholic …   Collocations dictionary

  • cemetery — /sem i ter ee/, n., pl. cemeteries. an area set apart for or containing graves, tombs, or funeral urns, esp. one that is not a churchyard; burial ground; graveyard. [1375 1425; late ME < LL coemeterium < Gk koimetérion a sleeping place, equiv. to …   Universalium

  • cemetery */ — UK [ˈsemətrɪ] / US [ˈseməˌterɪ] noun [countable] Word forms cemetery : singular cemetery plural cemeteries an area of ground where dead people are buried See: graveyard …   English dictionary

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