[in-tur-muh nt]


the act or ceremony of interring; burial.

Origin of interment

1300–50; inter + -ment; replacing Middle English enter(e)ment < Middle French enterrement
Related formsre·in·ter·ment, noun
Can be confusedinterment internment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for interment

entombment, funeral, sepulture, inhumation, obsequy

Examples from the Web for interment

Contemporary Examples of interment

Historical Examples of interment

  • Next followed the corpse, after which came those who were to die at the interment.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • He was devoured by the birds of prey ere he could be removed for interment.

    Y Gododin


  • Hour after hour the scene of the interment remained without an eye to witness it.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He remained in the city for four days:—until the interment was over.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • When they had done with him, came the question of his interment.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for interment



burial, esp with ceremonial rites
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Word Origin and History for interment

early 14c., from Old French enterrement, from enterrer (see inter).

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