[ fyoo-ner-uhl ]
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  1. the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies.

  2. a funeral procession.

  1. of or relating to a funeral: funeral services; funeral expenses.

Idioms about funeral

  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

Other words from funeral

  • pre·fu·ner·al, adjective

Words that may be confused with funeral

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How to use funeral in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for funeral


/ (ˈfjuːnərəl) /

    • a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated

    • (as modifier): a funeral service

  1. a procession of people escorting a corpse to burial

  1. informal worry; concern; affair: that's your funeral

Origin of funeral

C14: from Medieval Latin fūnerālia, from Late Latin fūnerālis (adj), from Latin fūnus funeral

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Other Idioms and Phrases with funeral


see it's your funeral.

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