What does funeral mean?

Definitions for funeral
ˈfyu nər əlfu·ner·al

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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.]

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. frenula

  2. flaneur

How to pronounce funeral?

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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. Klaus Kristiansen:

    Maybe he can have a proper funeral.

  2. Cleopatra Cowley:

    Instead we had to plan Hadiya Pendleton funeral.

  3. Sergio Barazza:

    I had to trade our fifth anniversary for her funeral.

  4. George Witt:

    He wanted a simple, local funeral with little fanfare.

  5. Niroshan Perera:

    The whole village is a funeral. The houses here are filled with coffins.

Images & Illustrations of funeral

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