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[fyoo-ner-uh l] /ˈfyu nər əl/
the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies.
a funeral procession.
of or relating to a funeral:
funeral services; funeral expenses.
be someone's funeral, Informal. to have unpleasant consequences for someone:
If you don't finish the work on time, it will be your funeral!
Origin of funeral
1350-1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin fūnerālis, equivalent to Latin fūner-, stem of fūnus funeral rites + -ālis -al1; (noun), from early 16th cent., probably < Middle French funerailles < Medieval Latin fūnerālia, neuter plural of fūnerālis
Related forms
prefuneral, adjective
Can be confused
funeral, funereal, funerary. Unabridged
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  • Renny, give me that revolver, and I'll show you more fun than a funeral.

  • Knock at the door, whence the sable line of the funeral is next to issue!

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • His funeral had, however, been performed with full solemnity.

  • And it made us hush down, too, and talk low, like people at a funeral.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • But it is sorrow and trouble that brings you the nearest, and it was a funeral that done it with us.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for funeral


  1. a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
  2. (as modifier): a funeral service
a procession of people escorting a corpse to burial
(informal) worry; concern; affair: that's your funeral
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin fūnerālia, from Late Latin fūnerālis (adj), from Latin fūnus funeral
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Word Origin and History for funeral

mid-15c., from Middle French funérailles (plural) "funeral rites" (15c.), from Medieval Latin funeralia "funeral rites," originally neuter plural of Late Latin funeralis "having to do with a funeral," from Latin funus (genitive funeris) "funeral, funeral procession, burial rites; death, corpse," origin unknown, perhaps ultimately from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to die." Singular and plural used interchangeably in English until c.1700.

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Idioms and Phrases with funeral


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