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."

Primary Meanings of headstone

1.
n
a stone that is used to mark a grave
2.
n
the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
Full Definitions of headstone
1

n a stone that is used to mark a grave

Synonyms:
gravestone, tombstone
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

n the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

Synonyms:
key, keystone
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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