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)



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  • I found your name, I found your bones and all
    Enlisted in a cramped necropolis

    from "Electra on Azalea Path," Sylvia Plath

    April 8, 2008

  • Well, they're usually quiet. Not often crowded. Not much to do, but if you're looking for a nice restful place....

    Wait--you have to be dead?

    January 25, 2008

  • Hey everybody! Who wants to live in a cemetery?

    January 25, 2008