from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cemetery, especially a large and elaborate one belonging to an ancient city.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large cemetery, especially one of elaborate construction in an ancient city.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A city of the dead; a name given by the ancients to their cemeteries, and sometimes applied to modern burial places; a graveyard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cemetery; specifically, one of the cemeteries of ancient peoples.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tract of land used for burials
Greek nekropolis : nekro-, necro- + polis, city; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek νεκρόπολις (nekropolis, "city of the dead"), from νεκρός (nekros, "dead") + πόλις (polis, "city"). (Wiktionary)