Part of speech: noun

A stone set at the head of a grave, bearing the inscription.

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Usage examples "headstone":

  1. When the High Class continuous Show in the Senate Chamber showed signs of flopping and the Press Gallery became impatient, some Alkali Statesman of the New School would arise in his Place and give our Hero a Turning- Over, concluding with a faithful Pen- Picture of the Dishonored Grave marked by a single Headstone, chiseled as follows: " Here lies a Burglar." - "Ade's Fables", George Ade.
  2. He turned and regarded his coat where it hung beside him on the headstone of the same grave at which he was working, shook his head with a smile that seemed to hint a doubt whether the said old coat would be altogether so indifferent to its treatment when, it was past use as I had implied. - "The Seaboard Parish, Complete", George MacDonald.
  3. When I look at an ancient monument, and especially an old headstone, I find myself almost unconsciously retracing the years to the date that is written on the stone. - "The Eye of Osiris", R. Austin Freeman.