[fyoo-ner-uh l]
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  1. of or relating to a funeral: funeral services; funeral expenses.
  1. 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 formspre·fu·ner·al, adjective
Can be confusedfuneral funereal funerary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of funeral

Historical Examples of funeral

  • 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
  1. a procession of people escorting a corpse to burial
  2. informal worry; concern; affairthat's your funeral

Word Origin for funeral

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with funeral


see it's your funeral.

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