Etymology
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graveyard (n.)

1683, from grave (n.) + yard (n.1). Graveyard shift "late-night work" is c. 1907, from earlier nautical term, in reference to the loneliness of after-hours work.

updated on April 16, 2015

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Definitions of graveyard from WordNet

graveyard (n.)
a tract of land used for burials;
Synonyms: cemetery / burial site / burial ground / burying ground / memorial park / necropolis
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.