What does funeral mean?

Definitions for funeral
ˈfyu nər əlfu·ner·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. funeralnoun

    a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated

    "hundreds of people attended his funeral"


  1. funeralnoun

    A ceremony to honour of a deceased person.

    No one likes to go to funerals.

  2. funeraladjective

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

  3. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Funeraladjective

    Used at the ceremony of interring the dead.

    Our instruments to melancholy bells,
    Our wedding chear to a sad funeral feast. William Shakespeare, R. and Jul.

    Let such honours
    And funeral rites, as to his birth and virtues
    Are due, be first perform’d. John Denham, Sophy.

    Thy hand o’er towns the fun’ral torch displays,
    And forms a thousand ills ten thousand ways. Dryden.

  2. FUNERALnoun

    Etymology: funus, Latin; funerailles, French.

    Here, under leave of Brutus, and the rest,
    Come I to speak in Cæsar’s funeral. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    All things that we ordained festival,
    Turn from their office to black funeral. William Shakespeare.

    He that had cast out many unburied, had none to mourn for him, nor any solemn funerals, nor sepulchre with his fathers. 2 Mac. v. 10.

    No widow at his funeral shall weep. George Sandys.

    The long fun’rals blacken all the way. Alexander Pope.

    You are sometimes desirous to see a funeral pass by in the street. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Chambermaid.

    May he find his funeral
    I’ th’ sands, when he before his day shall fall. John Denham.


  1. Funeral

    A funeral is a ceremony connected with the final disposition of a corpse, such as a burial or cremation, with the attendant observances. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember and respect the dead, from interment, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor. Customs vary between cultures and religious groups. Funerals have both normative and legal components. Common secular motivations for funerals include mourning the deceased, celebrating their life, and offering support and sympathy to the bereaved; additionally, funerals may have religious aspects that are intended to help the soul of the deceased reach the afterlife, resurrection or reincarnation. The funeral usually includes a ritual through which the corpse receives a final disposition. Depending on culture and religion, these can involve either the destruction of the body (for example, by cremation or sky burial) or its preservation (for example, by mummification or interment). Differing beliefs about cleanliness and the relationship between body and soul are reflected in funerary practices. A memorial service (or celebration of life) is a funerary ceremony that is performed without the remains of the deceased person.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 like flowers with a corpse.


  1. funeral

    A funeral is a formal or ceremonial event or service held to honor and commemorate a person who has died. It typically involves various activities like burial or cremation, prayers, readings, speeches or eulogies, and may also include a gathering or wake. The specific customs and traditions can vary widely depending on cultural, religious, or personal preferences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Funeralnoun

    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. Funeralnoun

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

  3. Funeralnoun

    a funeral sermon; -- usually in the plural

  4. Funeralnoun

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

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. funeralnoun

    In order to amuse oneself and not for any more serious purpose but remembering a date or event marking the beginning of a new and distinct period of time in history with a particular feature or characteristic assimilated before. 1.) The ceremony honoring a dead person, typically involving burial or cremation. A sermon delivered at such a ceremony.

    A funeral is something we do as humans do to pay respects to our loved ones history.

    Etymology: Sanctuary meeting

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 31, 2024  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Funeral

    Specifically a torchlight procession, from the Latin funis, a torch. In ancient times burials always took place by night.

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. flaneur

  2. frenula

  3. earnful

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  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

Examples of funeral in a Sentence

  1. Jacqueline Coleman:

    We value ensuring that these loved ones can be reconnected with their family members, and to make sure that these folks are able to have a proper funeral for their loved ones.

  2. Survivor Jennifer Brown Hyde:

    The earliest recollection I have of them just soon after the kidnapping was that the kidnappers would line us all up, put an apple on our head and shoot and miss the apple and shoot me in the head, i would see my own funeral.

  3. Gudny Valberg:

    There were 10 million affected when it erupted, because of this volcano, many people's lives changed -- they had an extra week of vacation, or they had to rent a car and drive for miles, or they didn't get to a loved one's funeral.

  4. Spun Gold:

    Harry was born into a marriage that was falling apart, and it’s a marriage that played out on the world stage… The dirty laundry is right out there… Then at age 12, he has to walk behind his mother’s coffin in front of 2 billion people watching from around the world. He has to shake the hands of people who are weeping, who haven’t even met his mother. And yet he has to hold it together. Prince Harry (center) with his brother Prince William and father Prince Charles at Princess Diana's funeral. (Reuters) That plays forward to today in terms of why Harry wants to be so protective of Meghan. When the British press were frankly being racist about her arrival to the U.K. and into the royal family, Harry issues a statement essentially saying 'back off.' And they did back off. He couldn’t protect his mother as a 12-year-old boy, but he is determined to protect Meghan. And it comes as no surprise that he and his brother have a big distrust of the media.

  5. Sorbor George:

    We don't want to be specific as to the funeral being the reason for the death. We are still investigating and putting our acts together to know what happened.

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