[fyoo-neer-ee-uh l]


of or suitable for a funeral.
mournful; gloomy; dismal: a funereal aloofness that was quite chilling.

Origin of funereal

1715–25; < Latin fūnere(us) of, belonging to a funeral + -al1
Related formsfu·ne·re·al·ly, adverbun·fu·ne·re·al, adjectiveun·fu·ne·re·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfuneral funereal funerary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for funereal

Contemporary Examples of funereal

Historical Examples of funereal

  • Let her go abroad with her monotonous voice and her funereal fantasies!

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • What do they all mean by looking at me with such a funereal air?

  • To the onlooker who does not know its hazards faro is a funereal game.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • However, he could not remain indefinitely under the funereal blackboard.


    Joseph Conrad

  • This tall Mme. Polge is funereal in her green dress, the ideal of dry-nurses.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for funereal



suggestive of a funeral; gloomy or mournfulAlso: funebrial (fjuːˈniːbrɪəl)
Derived Formsfunereally, adverb

Word Origin for funereal

C18: from Latin fūnereus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for funereal

1725, from funeral by influence of Middle French funerail, from Latin funereus "of a funeral," from funus "funeral; death."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper