from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place for the burial of unknown or indigent persons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A public place where strangers, paupers, and criminals are buried.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a public burial place, especially in a city, for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals; -- so named from the field south of Jerusalem, mentioned in Matt. xxvii. 7.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
From the potter's field mentioned in Matthew 27:7.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
This phrase derives from the reference to the potter's field in the New Testament, Matthew 27:7: ‘And they took counsel, and baught with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.’ (King James Version) (Wiktionary)