- 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.
- 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
- a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
- (as modifier)a funeral service
- a procession of people escorting a corpse to burial
- informal worry; concern; affairthat's your funeral
Word Origin and History for prefuneral
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.
Idioms and Phrases with prefuneral
see it's your funeral.