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verb (used with object), in·terred, in·ter·ring.
  1. to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
  2. Obsolete. to put into the earth.
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Origin of inter

1275–1325; Middle English enteren < Middle French enterrer, probably < Vulgar Latin *interrāre, derivative of terra earth; see in-2
Related formsre·in·ter, verb (used with object), re·in·terred, re·in·ter·ring.un·in·terred, adjective
Can be confusedenter inter
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Related Words for interring

plant, inhume, entomb, sepulcher, tomb, sepulture, inurn

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Historical Examples of interring

  • The manner of interring the dead among the Tartars is not uniform.

    Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China

    Evariste Regis Huc

  • Burning or interring was adopted, by the ancients, at the will of the relatives.

    Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)

    A Sexton of the Old School

  • Their manner of interring the dead has been amply described.

  • The soldiers, who had so lately been employed in interring their victims, were now called on to bury their own dead.

    The Deerslayer

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The subterranean Places or Catacombs, for interring those that worship here, are worth seeing.

British Dictionary definitions for interring


verb -ters, -terring or -terred
  1. (tr) to place (a body) in the earth; bury, esp with funeral rites
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Word Origin for inter

C14: from Old French enterrer, from Latin in- ² + terra earth
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Word Origin and History for interring



c.1300, from Old French enterer (11c.), from Medieval Latin interrare "put in the earth, bury," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + terra "earth" (see terrain). Related: Interred; interring.

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