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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The Post said Moore believes the discovery of the graves is vindicating for the prisoners who didn’t even receive a proper burial despite the fact that their labor rebuilt Texas following the post-Civil War era. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Mass Grave of Former Slaves Was Unearthed in Texas," 20 July 2018 The discovery provides a sense of closure to James' family, which can now give him a proper burial, Tulik said Tuesday. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Fishermen find body of Tununak man who went missing in April," 19 June 2018 Samantha Sieber’s grandfather had a traditional American burial. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water," 14 June 2018 Veracruz is one of Mexico’s deadliest states for Central Americans: 174 unidentified bodies, likely including some migrants, were discovered in clandestine burial sites during the month of September alone. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 The September fire did what a presumably swift death and nearly 12,000 years of burial couldn’t do. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient skull found among debris in burned Brazilian museum," 25 Oct. 2018 The family will have a private burial to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Kissimmee. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 3/17," 17 Mar. 2018 On Friday, the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published the first words of the Mourners’ Kaddish, a prayer traditionally recited for the dead, in Hebrew, above an article covering the burial of some of the victims of the shooting. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette honors the Tree of Life fallen with a traditional Jewish prayer," 2 Nov. 2018 Choosing burial is usually about having access to land. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 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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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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