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  1. of or relating to a funeral or burial: a funerary urn.
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Origin of funerary

First recorded in 1685–95, funerary is from the Late Latin word fūnerārius of, relating to a funeral. See funeral, -ary
Can be confusedfuneral funereal funerary
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Historical Examples of funerary

  • In these remarks I have been referring only to funerary portrait statues.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

    G. Elliot Smith

  • The funerary canopy of Queen Isi-em-Kheb is also a thing by itself.

  • Well, mummy-chamber, and funerary chapel are all constructed, not dug.

  • The amount of spirituality in their belief is shown by their funerary practices.

  • Extravagance in funerary rites, often ruinous to the family, may sometimes be checked by considerations of economy or convenience.

British Dictionary definitions for funerary


  1. of, relating to, or for a funeral
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Word Origin and History for funerary


1690s, from Late Latin funerarius, from funer-, root of funus (see funeral (n.)).

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