headstone

A headstone is a grave marker, usually inscribed with the dead person's name. You might visit your grandfather's grave each year, leaving flowers beside his headstone.

Another name for a headstone is a tombstone or a gravestone. True to its name, a headstone is often made out of a large piece of stone, frequently slate, granite, or marble. The meaning of headstone was originally "cornerstone," or the stone at the corner of the base of a building, but by the 1700s it came to mean "stone at the head of a grave."

Definitions of headstone
  1. noun
    a stone that is used to mark a grave
    synonyms: gravestone, tombstone
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    type of:
    memorial, monument
    a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
    stone
    building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose
  2. noun
    the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
    synonyms: key, keystone
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    types:
    coign, coigne, quoin
    the keystone of an arch
    type of:
    building block
    a block of material used in construction work
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