a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
"hundreds of people attended his funeral"
A ceremony to honour of a deceased person.
No one likes to go to funerals.
Being related to a ceremony in honor of a deceased person.
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.
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
the procession attending the burial of the dead; the show and accompaniments of an interment
a funeral sermon; -- usually in the plural
per. taining to a funeral; used at the interment of the dead; as, funeral rites, honors, or ceremonies
Origin: [LL. funeralis. See Funeral, n.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fū′nėr-al, n. burial: the ceremony, &c., connected with burial.—adj. pertaining to or used at a burial.—adjs. Funēb′rial, Funēb′ral, Funēb′rious; Fū′nerary, Funēr′eal, pertaining to or suiting a funeral: dismal: mournful. [O. Fr.,—Low L. funeralis—L. funus, funĕris, a funeral procession.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'funeral' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4343
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'funeral' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3914
Rank popularity for the word 'funeral' in Nouns Frequency: #1592
The numerical value of funeral in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of funeral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.
It is believed that in the hours after the funeral service, someone came into the funeral home and stole her remains.
No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
We see but dimly through the mists and vapors Amid these earthly damps What seem to us but sad, funeral tapers May be heaven's distant lamps.
From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation. (Funeral oration for Martin Luther King, Sr.)
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- جنازة, مأتمArabic
- dəfn, cənazəAzerbaijani
- пахава́нне, хаўту́рыBelarusian
- погреба́лен, погребе́ниеBulgarian
- funerals, funeral, enterramentCatalan, Valencian
- pohřeb, pohřebníCzech
- angladd, angladdol, cynhebrwngWelsh
- begravelse, bistættelse, begravelses-Danish
- Beerdigung, Begräbnis, Bestattung, BeisetzungGerman
- entierro, funeralSpanish
- hautajais-, hautajaisetFinnish
- funéraire, obsèques, funéraillesFrench
- जनाज़ा, क्रिया कर्मHindi
- funereo, funerario, funerale, funebre, mortuarioItalian
- [[葬式]]の, 葬儀, 葬式Japanese
- қою, жерлеуKazakh
- បុណ្យខ្មោច, ពិធីបុណ្យសពKhmer
- 장례, 장례식, [[장례]]의Korean
- BegriefnesLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- оршуулга, оршуулгынMongolian
- pemakaman, pengebumianMalay
- jordfestelse, begravelse, begravelses-Norwegian
- yóóʼ eʼelnééhNavajo, Navaho
- pogrzebowy, pogrzebPolish
- fúnebre, funeral, funéreoPortuguese
- îngropare, mormântal, sepulcral, înhumare, mormântare, funerar, înmormântareRomanian
- погребе́ние, по́хороны, погреба́льный, похоро́нныйRussian
- sàhrana, dženáza, pògreb, по̀греб, pògrebnī, по̀гребнӣ, спро̀вод, са̀храна, џена́за, spròvodSerbo-Croatian
- ҷаноза, дафнTajik
- defin, cenazeTurkish
- по́хорони, погре́бUkrainian
- کریاکرم, جنازہUrdu
- dafn marosimi, dafnUzbek
- đám tangVietnamese
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