[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fundusectomy,
  2. fundy,
  3. fundy, bay of,
  4. funemployed,
  5. funen,
  6. funeral director,
  7. funeral home,
  8. funeral parlor,
  9. funeral parlour,
  10. funeral pie


    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. 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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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


see it's your funeral.

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