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[ber-ee-uh l] /ˈbɛr i əl/
the act or ceremony of burying.
the place of burying; grave.
Origin of burial
1200-50; bury + -al2; replacing Middle English buriel, back formation from Old English byrgels burial place, equivalent to byrg(an) to bury + -els noun suffix; cf. riddle1
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reburial, noun Unabridged
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the act of burying, esp the interment of a dead body
Word Origin
Old English byrgels burial place, tomb; see bury, -al²
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Word Origin and History for burial

"act of burying," late 13c.; earlier "tomb" (c.1200), false singular from Old English byrgels "tomb," from byrgan "to bury" + suffix -els; a compound also found in Old Saxon burgisli, suggesting a Proto-Germanic *burgisli-, from PIE *bhergh- "to hide, protect" (see bury). The Germanic suffix *-isli- (also in Old English hydels "hiding place," fætels "bag") became obsolete and was felt as a plural of the Latin-derived suffix -al (2) forming nouns of action from verbs (survival, approval, etc.).

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