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A city of southeast Arizona southeast of Tucson. After silver was discovered here in 1877, Tombstone became one of the richest and most lawless frontier mining towns.


A gravestone.


another word for gravestone


(Placename) a town in the US, in Arizona: scene of the gunfight at the OK Corral in 1881. Pop: 1547 (2003 est)



a stone marker, usu. inscribed, on a tomb or grave.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tombstone - a stone that is used to mark a gravetombstone - a stone that is used to mark a grave
tomb, grave - a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his mother's grave"
monument, memorial - 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; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"


noun gravestone, memorial, monument, marker, headstone What were the words inscribed on his tombstone?
شاهِد القَبْر
náhrobní kámen
pierre tombalefaire-part de clôture


[ˈtuːmstəʊn] Nlápida f (sepulcral)


[ˈtuːmstəʊn] npierre f tombale


nGrabstein m


[ˈtuːmˌstəʊn] npietra tombale


(tuːm) noun
a hole or vault in the ground in which a dead body is put; a grave. He was buried in the family tomb.
ˈtombstone noun
an ornamental stone placed over a grave on which the dead person's name etc is engraved.
References in classic literature ?
`Uncle Jim,' says he, solemn as a tombstone, `I had a 'venture in the Glen today.' `Yes, what was it?' says I, expecting something quite startling, but nowise prepared for what I really got.
Then Kate of the Mill tumbled unfortunately over a tombstone, which catching hold of her ungartered stocking inverted the order of nature, and gave her heels the superiority to her head.
So, Stephen Blackpool's tombstone, with her father's record of his death, was almost of the Present, for she knew it was to be.
On the top of the churchyard wall is a tombstone, on which are cut in high relief, two ravens, or such-like birds.
'Seated on an upright tombstone, close to him, was a strange, unearthly figure, whom Gabriel felt at once, was no being of this world.
He returned to Trefusis to say that the tombstone job had ruined him.
It was not difficult to divine that they were of a class of itinerant showmen--exhibitors of the freaks of Punch--for, perched cross-legged upon a tombstone behind them, was a figure of that hero himself, his nose and chin as hooked and his face as beaming as usual.
There is an interesting old cemetery in Baden-Baden, and we spent several pleasant hours in wandering through it and spelling out the inscriptions on the aged tombstones. Apparently after a man has laid there a century or two, and has had a good many people buried on top of him, it is considered that his tombstone is not needed by him any longer.
He has been too late several times, and when he sees he is too late he runs back to the Thrush's Nest for his paddle, of which Maimie had told him the true use, and he digs a grave for the child and erects a little tombstone and carves the poor thing's initials on it.
The gleams and flashes of the light showed me the servant's face staring up vacantly under the wall--the clerk risen to his feet on the tombstone, wringing his hands in despair--and the scanty population of the village, haggard men and terrified women, clustered beyond in the churchyard--all appearing and disappearing, in the red of the dreadful glare, in the black of the choking smoke.
They was buried in the one grave and the School Board put up a tombstone to them as a reward for faithful service.
Don't you come fooling about, making me mad, chivying away all my better feelings with this silly tombstone nonsense of yours.