[ 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

pre·fu·ner·al, adjective

Can be confused

funeral funereal funerary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for funeral


/ (ˈfjuːnərəl) /


  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; 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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Idioms and Phrases with funeral


see it's your funeral.

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