Definitions

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  • n. A churchyard, especially one in Scotland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A churchyard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A churchyard; a graveyard.

Etymologies

From kirk +‎ yard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With Mr. Brown confined, to the lodge, and Mistress Jeanie in close attendance upon him there, the kirkyard was a lonely place for a sociable little dog; and

    Greyfriars Bobby

  • "kirkyard," and met the sexton, a man of venerable years, who took quite

    Western Worthies A Gallery of Biographical and Critical Sketches of West of Scotland Celebrities

  • The church is of basic design – the tiny, harled building has no belfry – and is surrounded by an old kirkyard.

    Country diary: Dalarossie Church

  • How lang Steenie lay there, he could not tell; but when he came to himsell, he was lying in the auld kirkyard of Redgauntlet parochine just at the door of the family aisle, and the scutcheon of the auld knight, Sir

    Redgauntlet

  • Some of my ancestors are buried in the kirkyard of Cawdor Kirk, shown in a picture that does not come from A Charmed Life.

    2008 March 23 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Over the low-arched gateway which led into the yard there was a carved stone, exhibiting some attempt at armorial bearings; and above the inner entrance hung, and had hung, for many years, the mouldering hatchment, which announced that umquhile Laurence Dumbie of Dumbiedikes had been gathered to his fathers in Newbattle kirkyard.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • He also states in his book that Merlin spent his latter years with his wife, Gwendoline, in a comfortable house in what is now Ardery Street in Partick, and that he was murdered in 618AD on his way to Dunipace in Stirlingshire and is buried in Drumelzier kirkyard in the Borders.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • After traversing nearly the whole of that extensive district, from the Nick of Benncorie to the Fell of Barullion, he found him at last working on the Cameronian monuments, in the old kirkyard of

    Old Mortality

  • But his character, as well as the state of the country, will be best understood by giving the reader an account of the instructions which he issued to his daughter, a girl about eighteen, whom he was initiating in those cares which had been faithfully discharged by his wife, until about six months before our story commences, when the honest woman had been carried to the kirkyard.

    Old Mortality

  • They sat at a table at the very back of the cafe, the window next to them giving a view of the kirkyard, where a few winos were starting the day with a shared can of extra-strong lager.

    Fleshmarket Close

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