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.

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.]

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

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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. Joey Banks:

    At the funeral of my father, I went out of my way to praise Ms. Rice and her son for helping my father. what I did not know at that time is that for at least six months prior to my father's death, in my opinion, she was using him, manipulating him and controlled him.

  2. Khari Edwards:

    What's more so terrifying is you have family members who can't come pick up normally as they lose a family member, funeral homes are swamped.

  3. Reese Taylor:

    We were used to doing between the three about 50 funerals a month, now we are doing about 80, 90, even 100, our funeral home in west Texas has been 90 percent COVID-19 related passings. Here in the hill country, I would say bout 30-40 percent have been COVID-related.

  4. Monica Steele:

    When he was walking back to the vehicle he rode to the funeral in, somebody opened fire.

  5. Spencer Leak:

    They come in with literally no money, and when I say 'no money' sometimes they cannot even afford to buy a suit or a dress for their loved one, they don't have transportation to even get to the funeral.

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    • A. abrupt
    • B. suspicious
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