Definitions for funeralˈfyu nər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fu•ner•alˈfyu nər əl(n.)

  1. the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies.

  2. a funeral procession.

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to a funeral:

    funeral services; funeral expenses.

Idioms for funeral:

  1. be someone's funeral, have unpleasant consequences for someone.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of funeral:

1505–15; < MF funerailles < ML fūnerālia, neut. pl. of fūnerālis, der. of L fūner-, s. of fūnus funeral rites

Princeton's WordNet

  1. funeral(noun)

    a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated

    "hundreds of people attended his funeral"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. funeral(noun)ˈfyu nər əl

    an event to celebrate and bury a person who has died

    to go to a funeral


  1. funeral(Noun)

    A ceremony to honour of a deceased person.

    No one likes to go to funerals.

  2. funeral(Adjective)

    Being related to a ceremony in honor of a deceased person.

  3. Origin: 1437, from funerailles , from funeralia, originally neuter plural of funeralis, from funere, ablative of funus, origin unknown, perhaps ultimately from dheu-. Singular and plural used interchangeably in English until circa 1700. The adjective funereal is first attested 1725, by influence of funerail, from funereus, from funus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Funeral(noun)

    the solemn rites used in the disposition of a dead human body, whether such disposition be by interment, burning, or otherwise; esp., the ceremony or solemnization of interment; obsequies; burial; -- formerly used in the plural

  2. Funeral(noun)

    the procession attending the burial of the dead; the show and accompaniments of an interment

  3. Funeral(noun)

    a funeral sermon; -- usually in the plural

  4. Funeral(noun)

    per. taining to a funeral; used at the interment of the dead; as, funeral rites, honors, or ceremonies


  1. Funeral

    A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, respecting, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor. Customs vary widely between cultures, and between religious affiliations within cultures. The word funeral comes from the Latin funus, which had a variety of meanings, including the corpse and the funerary rites themselves. Funerary art is art produced in connection with burials, including many kinds of tombs, and objects specially made for burial with a corpse.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'funeral' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4343

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'funeral' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3914

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'funeral' in Nouns Frequency: #1592

Anagrams of funeral

  1. frenula

  2. flaneur

Translations for funeral

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the ceremony before the burying or cremation of a dead body

A large number of people attended the president's funeral; (also adjective) a funeral procession.

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