buri·​al ˈber-ē-əl How to pronounce burial (audio)
 also  ˈbər-ē-
often attributive
: grave, tomb
: the act or process of burying

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Burial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burial. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


buri·​al ˈber-ē-əl How to pronounce burial (audio)
: the act of burying

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