noun, often attributive
buri·al | \ˈber-ē-əl, 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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Most plans that cover pet medical costs don’t cover either burial or cremation. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "West Laurel Hill debuts pet cemetery, featuring 'aquamation'," 3 July 2018 Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the church followed by a burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery. courant.com, "Margaret Amelia Russell," 11 July 2018 After five members of The Evening Sun’s Newsboys’ Band died in a July 4 boat fire in Crisfield in 1924, scores of people braved an impending storm to pay their respects at the burial at Loudon Park Cemetery. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "'Remember their service': A Fourth of July toast to the Evening Sun Newsboys' Band — and The Capital Gazette," 4 July 2018 Six months later, eight military pallbearers carried the coffin with Hoskin’s remains into the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel for a service before burial at grave 310, Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "How one man’s obsession led to the discovery of a lost WWII pilot," 30 June 2018 By the time Charles Dickens died in 1870, the lure of the abbey trumped even his family’s plan for a burial at Rochester Cathedral. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Hawking laid to rest in Westminster Abbey," 15 June 2018 Since her arrest, Coombes has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, preventing a lawful burial and fraud. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Daughter kills dad after finding his child porn collection. She buried her secret for 12 years," 13 July 2018 Now, West Laurel Hill Cemetery is betting that some area owners will make one final purchase for their animals — a burial. Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Why Philly is a bad place to get bedbugs, ringing in the Fourth with protests and Pitbull | Morning Newsletter," 5 July 2018 Adopted by Linda Znachko, founder of He Knows Your Name Ministry, the baby was named Amelia Grace Hope and given a proper burial with a name on a headstone. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Baby is abandoned at fire department, which is what the firefighters want," 2 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to burial

burial ground

burial plot

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of burial

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

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