burial

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

There will be a ceremony at the funeral home on Thursday, June 6th at 10AM followed by burial at East Cemetery, E. Center Street, Manchester. courant.com, "Salvatore A. Evangelista," 4 June 2019 The 10-plus-ton jars, which sit on burial grounds, were hand-carved. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "These Creepy Stone Jars Used to Have Dead People Inside Them," 21 May 2019 The body of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died earlier this month, was returned this past week to her village in Guatemala for burial. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Medical checks ordered after 2nd child immigrant dies," 26 Dec. 2018 The ministry said Wednesday that the teen’s body was being brought back to Israel for burial. Fox News, "Israeli teen plunges 800 feet to his death at Yosemite, report says," 6 Sep. 2018 Some of the people interred at Stonehenge may have died and been cremated in West Britain and then brought the 125 miles (200km) to Stonehenge for burial. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 At Last': School receptionist celebrates summer break with viral intercom serenade On Friday, the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala was arranging to fly the husband's body to Israel for burial, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told the Times of Israel. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 On Friday, the Israeli Embassy in Guatemala was arranging to fly the husband's body to Israel for burial, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told the Times of Israel. Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 McMath's body was taken to nearby Hayward for burial. NBC News, "'They are not God': Mother of girl declared dead twice criticizes doctors," 9 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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The first known use of burial was in the 13th century

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burial

noun

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

burial

noun
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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