What does funeral mean?

Definitions for funeralˈfyu nər əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. funeral(noun)

    a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated

    "hundreds of people attended his 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

  5. Origin: [LL. funeralis. See Funeral, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Funeral

    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.]

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 for funeral »

  1. frenula

  2. flaneur


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of funeral in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of funeral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.

  2. San Antonio:

    It is believed that in the hours after the funeral service, someone came into the funeral home and stole her remains.

  3. Michael Pritchard:

    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.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    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.

  5. Jesse Louis Jackson:

    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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