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name used by early Christians to designate a place for burying the dead. First applied in Christian burials in the Roman catacombs, the word cemetery came into general usage in the 15th cent.
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1. A city of the dead; a large cemetery in ancient Egypt, Greece, Phoenicia, Carthage, etc.
2. An ancient or historic burial place.
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