Definition of lychgate in English:


Syllabification: lych·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈliCHˌgāt
(also lichgate)


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

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