from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A yard adjacent to a church, especially a cemetery.
  • noun The ground on which a church stands.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The ground or yard adjoining a church; especially, such a piece of ground used for burial; hence, any graveyard belonging to a church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The ground adjoining a church, in which the dead are buried; a cemetery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A patch of land adjoining a church, often used as a graveyard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the yard associated with a church


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