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    cemetery vs graveyard

    Hi teachers

    What the difference between cemetery and graveyard? Which is more common in American English?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: cemetery vs graveyard

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    They are used in both BrE and AmE. Maybe a native speaker can clear you up on this matter.

    graveyard = a place, often next to a church where dead people are buried

    cemetery = an area of ground in which dead bodies are buried, especially one which is not next to a church

    - definitions from Cambridge Dictionary

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    Re: cemetery vs graveyard

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    * Not a teacher

    They are used in both BrE and AmE. Maybe a native speaker can clear you up on this matter.

    graveyard = a place, often next to a church where dead people are buried

    cemetery = an area of ground in which dead bodies are buried, especially one which is not next to a church

    - definitions from Cambridge Dictionary
    As you say, a graveyard is usually attached to a church and a cemetery isn't.

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    Re: cemetery vs graveyard

    I had no idea this distinction existed. I thought a "graveyard" was just a less euphemistic name for the same thing.

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    Re: cemetery vs graveyard

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I had no idea this distinction existed. I thought a "graveyard" was just a less euphemistic name for the same thing.
    Same here (maybe it's not as distinctive in AmE?). I would add that because, as Dave suggested, "graveyard" is less euphemistic, I feel I've heard it more used with ghost stories and the like.

    1: How did you know that quote was from R. L. Stine and not E.B. White?
    2: Because he used "graveyard" instead of "cemetery"!
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    (Ok, that's pretty contrived )

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    Re: cemetery vs graveyard

    Thank you so much for all your replies.
    Here I can conclude: The difference between cemetery and graveyard is not concerned about BrE or AmE. Graveyard is a place near to the church, but cemetery is not. Cemetery sounds more euphemistic than graveyard.

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