A roofed gateway to a churchyard, formerly used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival.
More example sentences
- Coun Liddington has been raising money for a new war memorial at the lychgate at Sherston church for villagers who died in the Second World War and in Northern Ireland.
- One monument that has already benefited is the lychgate at All Saints Church, Crudwell.
- The church itself is usually surrounded by its graveyard, in which might be found a lychgate, cross, anchorage, bell tower, school, and a priest's house.
late 15th century: from Old English līc 'body' + gate1.
Definition of lychgate in:
- The US English dictionary