God's acre
noun Date: 1617 churchyard

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • God's Acre — is the traditional name given to the graveyards of Congregations of the Moravian Church. The first was at Herrnhut Saxony in Germany, the Moravian Mother Congregation. The name comes from the symbolic gesture of the bodies of the Moravian dead… …   Wikipedia

  • God's acre — God God (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got, G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup, prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p. p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's acre — Acre A cre, n. [OE. aker, AS. [ae]cer; akin to OS. accar, OHG. achar, Ger. acker, Icel. akr, Sw. [*a]ker, Dan. ager, Goth. akrs, L. ager, Gr. ?, Skr. ajra. [root]2, 206.] 1. Any field of arable or pasture land. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • God's acre — n. a burial ground, esp. one in a churchyard …   English World dictionary

  • God’s acre — n. a cemetery. □ When I end up in God’s acre, I want everything to go on without me. □ They’re planting somebody new in God’s acre …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • God's acre — God s′ a′cre n. a churchyard • Etymology: 1610–20; trans. of G Gottesacker …   From formal English to slang

  • God's acre — archaic a churchyard. → God …   English new terms dictionary

  • God's acre — a cemetery, esp. one adjacent to a church; churchyard. [1610 20; trans. of G Gottesacker] * * * …   Universalium

  • God's acre — noun A Christian place of burial; a churchyard …   Wiktionary

  • god's acre — graveyard of a church, cemetery …   English contemporary dictionary

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