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

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 In 2014, however, inclement weather dislodged the rocks and exposed the burial ground once more. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2021 Washington Square, a popular meeting place and burial ground for the city’s enslaved and free Black community in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 June 2021 The cemetery’s master burial list is available online via a convenient interactive map. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2021 The White Monument, or Tell Banat North, was solely a burial monument, which loomed just beyond the city walls. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2021 In many Nigerian cultures, burial rites and treatment of remains are believed to affect a person’s state in the next world, as well as the family’s well-being. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 And then a seemingly unending funeral procession pulled onto Highway 92 for the drive to Burson’s burial in Acworth. Jeremy Redmon, ajc, 21 June 2021 It’s a natural burial cemetery about 100 miles east of Portland. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 One of Turley’s friend’s, Gina Cova, has launched a GoFundMe to help with burial expenses for the family. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 14 June 2021

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Burial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burial. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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