Definition of funeral noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfjuːnərəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːnərəl//
Death, Religious ceremonies
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  • a ceremony, usually a religious one, for burying or cremating (= burning) a dead person Hundreds of people attended the funeral. a funeral procession a funeral march (= a sad piece of music suitable for funerals) See related entries: Death, Religious ceremonies
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French funeraille, from medieval Latin funeralia, neuter plural of late Latin funeralis, from Latin funus, funer- ‘funeral, death, corpse’. Wordfinderashes, cemetery, coffin, cremation, die, funeral, grave, hearse, morgue, mournExtra examples A clergyman friend of the family conducted the funeral. Everyone went back to the house after the service for the funeral gathering. He gave the address at her funeral. He read out a poem at her funeral. His savings were just enough to pay for a respectable funeral. She had a simple funeral, as she had requested. The dead man’s son arranged the funeral. The family held a private funeral. The funeral was held in St Mary’s Church. a mass funeral of the victims of the fire the flames of the funeral pyreIdioms (informal) used to tell somebody that they, and nobody else, will have to deal with the unpleasant results of their own actions See related entries: Religious ceremonies
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