n. pl. cem·e·ter·ies
A place for burying the dead; a graveyard.
[Middle English cimiterie, from Old French cimitiere, from Medieval Latin cimitērium, from Late Latin coemētērium, from Greek koimētērion, from koimān, to put to sleep; see kei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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