[ber-ee-uh l]


the act or ceremony of burying.
the place of burying; grave.

Nearby words

  1. burgundians,
  2. burgundy,
  3. burgundy trefoil,
  4. burhel,
  5. buri,
  6. burial ground,
  7. burial mound,
  8. buriat,
  9. buridan's ass,
  10. buried flap

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

Related formsre·bur·i·al, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for burial



the act of burying, esp the interment of a dead body

Word Origin for burial

Old English byrgels burial place, tomb; see bury, -al ²

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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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