cemetery late 14c., from O.Fr. cimetiere "graveyard" (12c.), from L.L. coemeterium, from Gk. koimeterion "sleeping place, dormitory," from koimao "to put to sleep," keimai "I lie down," from PIE root *kei- "to lie, rest" (Cf. Goth haims "village," O.E. ham "home, house, dwelling"); see HOME (Cf. home). Early Christian writers were the first to use it for "burial ground," though the Greek word also were anciently used of the sleep of death. An Old English word for this was licburg.

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  • cemetery — [sem′ə ter΄ē] n. pl. cemeteries [LL(Ec) coemeterium < Gr koimētērion, sleeping place (in LGr(Ec), cemetery) < koiman, to put to sleep; akin to keimai, to lie down: see HOME] a place for the burial of the dead; graveyard …   English World dictionary

  • Cemetery — Cem e*ter*y, n.; pl. {Cemeteries}. [L. cemeterium, Gr. ? a sleeping chamber, burial place, fr. ? to put to sleep.] A place or ground set apart for the burial of the dead; a graveyard; a churchyard; a necropolis. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cemetery — n. at, in a cemetery (she works at/in the cemetery; to be buried in a cemetery) * * * in a cemetery (she works at/in the cemetery; to be buried in a cemetery) at …   Combinatory dictionary

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  • cemetery */ — UK [ˈsemətrɪ] / US [ˈseməˌterɪ] noun [countable] Word forms cemetery : singular cemetery plural cemeteries an area of ground where dead people are buried See: graveyard …   English dictionary

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