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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place for burying the dead; a graveyard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where the dead are buried; a graveyard or memorial park.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place or ground set apart for the burial of the dead; a graveyard; a churchyard; a necropolis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place set apart for interment; a graveyard; specifically, a burial-ground not attached to any church; a necropolis: as, Greenwood cemetery, near New York.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tract of land used for burials

Etymologies

Middle English cimiterie, from Old French cimitiere, from Medieval Latin cimitērium, from Late Latin coemētērium, from Greek koimētērion, from koimān, to put to sleep; see kei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cimiterie, from Old French cimitiere, from Medieval Latin cimitērium, from Late Latin coemētērium, from Ancient Greek κοιμητήριον (koimētērion), from κοιμάω (koimaō, "I put to sleep"); compare cœmeterium. (Wiktionary)

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