from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A roofed gateway to a churchyard used originally as a resting place for a bier before burial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A churchyard gateway with a roof, under which a corpse was laid during a funeral to await the arrival of the clergyman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An archaic spelling of lich-gate.
Middle English lycheyate : lyche, corpse, body (from Old English līc) + gate, yate, gate; see gate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From lich (“corpse”) + gate. (Wiktionary)