churchyard

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church·yard

 (chûrch′yärd′)
n.
1. A yard adjacent to a church, especially a cemetery.
2. The ground on which a church stands.

churchyard

(ˈtʃɜːtʃˌjɑːd)
n
the grounds surrounding a church, usually used as a graveyard

church•yard

(ˈtʃɜrtʃˌyɑrd)

n.
the yard or ground adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.
[1125–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.churchyard - the yard associated with a churchchurchyard - the yard associated with a church  
yard - a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings); "they opened a repair yard on the edge of town"
Translations
فِناء الكَنيسَه
hřbitov
kirkegård
sírkert
kirkjugarîur
kilise mezarlık avlusu

churchyard

[ˈtʃɜːtʃjɑːd] Ncementerio m, campo m santo

churchyard

[ˈtʃɜːrtʃjɑːrd] ncimetière m

churchyard

nFriedhof m, → Kirchhof m (old, dial)

churchyard

[ˈtʃɜːtʃˌjɑːd] ncimitero (annesso a una chiesa)

church

(tʃəːtʃ) noun
1. a building for public Christian worship.
2. a group of Christians considered as a whole. the Catholic Church.
ˈchurchyard noun
the burial ground round a church.
References in classic literature ?
"And the King commandeth and forbiddeth, that from henceforth neither fairs nor markets be kept in Churchyards, for the honour of the Church." - STATUTES : 13 Edw.
(as though he intended a kind of satire upon them in connection with churchyards) never to say die on any terms.
Irwine and her daughters were waiting at the churchyard gates in their carriage (for they had a carriage now) to shake hands with the bride and bridegroom and wish them well; and in the absence of Miss Lydia Donnithorne at Bath, Mrs.
He saw, or thought he saw, a woman in white, yesterday evening, as he was passing the churchyard; and the figure, real or fancied, was standing by the marble cross, which he and every one else in Limmeridge knows to be the monument over Mrs.
On the top of the churchyard wall is a tombstone, on which are cut in high relief, two ravens, or such-like birds.
And when matins and the first mass were done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone foursquare, like unto a marble stone, and in the midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:-- 'Whoso pulleth out this sword of the stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.'
In the prosaic neighborhood of Middlemarch, May was not always warm and sunny, and on this particular morning a chill wind was blowing the blossoms from the surrounding gardens on to the green mounds of Lowick churchyard. Swiftly moving clouds only now and then allowed a gleam to light up any object, whether ugly or beautiful, that happened to stand within its golden shower.
She lies in our little churchyard. There is no stone at her grave's head.
The day was unusually fine till the afternoon, when some of the gossips who frequent the East Cliff churchyard, and from the commanding eminence watch the wide sweep of sea visible to the north and east, called attention to a sudden show of `mares tails' high in the sky to the northwest.
In accordance with this rule it may safely be assumed that the forefathers of Boston had built the first prison-house somewhere in the Vicinity of Cornhill, almost as seasonably as they marked out the first burial-ground, on Isaac Johnson's lot, and round about his grave, which subsequently became the nucleus of all the congregated sepulchres in the old churchyard of King's Chapel.
These noble qualities flourish as notably in a country church and churchyard as in the drawing-room, or in the closet.
He passed on through the churchyard, where, amongst the new headstones, he saw one of a somewhat superior design to the rest.