Definition of lychgate in English:

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lychgate

Pronunciation: /ˈliCHˌɡāt/
(also lichgate)

noun

A roofed gateway to a churchyard, formerly used during burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival.
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.

Origin

Late 15th century: from Old English līc 'body' + gate1.

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