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    Is graveyard different from a cemetery?

    We use the word "graveyard" for the burial ground where dead bodies are laid to rest. But I never heard "graveyard" in Hollywood movies, they always use "cemetery". Don't Americans have graveyards but only cemeteries in their country?

    And what is the word for burial ground in the UK, is it graveyard or cemetery? And what about Australians what do they call it graveyard or cemetery?

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    Re: Is graveyard different from a cemetery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    And what is the word for burial ground in the UK, is it graveyard or cemetery?
    We use both words.

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    Re: Is graveyard different from a cemetery?

    It appears there is a subtle difference between the two. I doubt many users of the words know that difference though.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cemetery

    Aamir, did you try to find out any difference yourself first? I simply Googled "cemetery or graveyard" and this was the first hit.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is graveyard different from a cemetery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    We use the word "graveyard" for the burial ground where dead bodies are laid to rest. But I never heard "graveyard" in Hollywood movies, they always use "cemetery". Don't Americans have graveyards but only cemeteries in their country?
    There may be regional preferences. To me, the two words are synonyms. Cemetery is more formal though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is graveyard different from a cemetery?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Aamir, did you try to find out any difference yourself first? I simply Googled "cemetery or graveyard" and this was the first hit.
    Yes I did find the difference, according to Oxford dictionary a cemetery is a large burial ground, especially one not in a churchyard. A graveyard is a burial ground, especially one beside a church.

    So cemetery is a large burial ground with no church nearby.
    Graveyard is a smaller burial ground with a church nearby.

    But the most confusing thing for me is that there are other people in the world who practice other religions and their places of worship are called something else in their religions and their languages and they may or may not be located near their burial grounds.

    We call it "graveyard" in Pakistani English. and Qabristan in Urdu.
    Still if you people can differentiate between a graveyard and a cemetery, I would really appreciate that.

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    Re: Is graveyard different from a cemetery?

    I don't think that distinction exists in AmE.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is graveyard different from a cemetery?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I don't think that distinction exists in AmE.
    Can you name some American dictionaries that give descriptions according to American perspective. Like there is one that is known as the American Heritage Dictionary. There are many but I don't know which one of them is British and which one is American, because even the British dictionaries have American versions like Oxford Dictionary of American English.

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