There are 2 main definitions of tombstone in English:

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tombstone 1

Pronunciation: /ˈtuːmstəʊn/


1A large, flat inscribed stone standing or laid over a grave: his grin exposed his yellowed teeth like a row of tombstones
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  • The straight vertical edge that viewers see as they walk into the room could be an obelisk, a standing figure, or even a stone tombstone.
  • The common motto, inscribed on memorials and tombstones is ‘Lest we forget.’
  • Listed also are over 600 tombstones and grave slabs from the old cemetery in Aghamore.
2 (also tombstone advertisement) An advertisement listing the underwriters or firms associated with a new issue of shares, bonds, warrants, etc.
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  • It includes tombstone advertising with a searchable database of recent tombstones and one-click access to more detailed info on major financial transactions and company data.


[no object] (usually as noun tombstoning) informal
Jump into the sea from a cliff or other high point: Harry is in hospital with two broken legs after he gave tombstoning a try
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  • Mr Goulding was not aware of dispersal orders having previously been used anywhere to stop tombstoning.
  • There have been numerous reports of tombstoning in the area.
  • The structure is a popular location for tombstoning despite annual warnings from the coastguard of its dangers.



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Tombstone 2

Pronunciation: /ˈto͞omstōn/

Entry from US English dictionary

A historic frontier city in southeastern Arizona, the site of the 1881 gunfight at the O.K. Corral; population 1,566 (2008).
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