noun, often attributive
buri·​al | \ ˈber-ē-əl How to pronounce burial (audio) , ˈbe-rē- also ˈbər- \

Definition of burial

1 : grave, tomb
2 : the act or process of burying

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Examples of burial in a Sentence

They prepared the body for burial. She wanted to give him a proper burial. Did you attend the burial? The law prohibits the burial of toxic substances without special permits.
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Recent Examples on the Web Funeral services are set for 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Hebrew Memorial Chapel, 26640 Greenfield Road in Oak Park, with a private burial at Hebrew Memorial Park, 33550 Gratiot Ave. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Jack Faxon, a former state legislator and educator, dies," 10 Jan. 2020 Her funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m., with burial to follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Paighton Houston’s autopsy complete; cause and manner of death still not determined," 6 Jan. 2020 The funeral is Friday December 13th at 11 am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton, with a burial to follow. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 12/12," 12 Dec. 2019 Funeral services to be held in Winter Park with burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/27," 27 Sep. 2019 The funeral will be held at the Tempe Church of Christ near Broadway Road and Mill Avenue at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a burial immediately following at Double Butte Cemetery near 48th Street and Broadway Road. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "17-year-old girl fatally shot by California police to be buried in Tempe," 17 July 2019 Taricani’s funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Christ the King Church, 180 Old North Road, Kingston, R.I., with burial immediately following at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown. Edward Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Dozens of journalists to serve as honor guard at funeral service for R.I. reporter Jim Taricani," 24 June 2019 Anyone who honors him with burial does so on pain of death. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: ‘Antigone’ Asserts Whose Lives Matter, With Modern Relevance," 9 July 2018 Soleimani's body was returned to Iran early Sunday for a funeral and burial in his hometown, Kerman, in central Iran. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Iraq votes to expel U.S. troops after Iran Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of burial

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burial

Middle English beriel, berial, back-formation from beriels (taken as a plural), from Old English byrgels; akin to Old Saxon burgisli tomb, Old English byrgan to bury — more at bury

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The first known use of burial was in the 13th century

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Burial.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burial. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce burial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of burial

: the act or ceremony of burying a dead person in a grave
: the act of burying something in the ground


buri·​al | \ ˈber-ē-əl How to pronounce burial (audio) \

Kids Definition of burial

: the act of placing a dead body in a grave or tomb

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