A graveyard is an area where the dead are buried. When you walk through a historic graveyard, you'll see many beautiful old headstones and tombs.

Other names for a graveyard are "cemetery" and "burial ground." It's slightly more common to use graveyard, a word that dates from about 1683, for the burial site near a church. If you work at a graveyard, you might care for the grave markers and plants. If, on the other hand, you work a graveyard shift, that simply means you work late at night.

Definitions of graveyard

n a tract of land used for burials

burial ground, burial site, burying ground, cemetery, memorial park, necropolis
potter's field
a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
Type of:
land site, site
the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)

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