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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And California will soon have a new end-of-life burial option: human composting. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2022 Traditional burial requires tons of steel, concrete and land that must be watered and maintained in perpetuity. Evan Bush, NBC News, 27 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page had been established by the father of the two children to help pay for burial expenses. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 Following the funeral services, the late monarch received a private burial at the memorial chapel, per an announcement from Buckingham Palace. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Sep. 2022 As her family was preparing for her private burial service at Westminster, Catholics were gathering at Westminster Cathedral for a Solemn Mass of Requiem. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2022 After the funeral services, the Palace shared on social media that Queen Elizabeth would receive a private burial at the memorial chapel. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 24 Sep. 2022 Caskets and burial vaults are also resource-intensive, requiring 30 million board feet of wood and nearly 2 million tons of concrete, steel and other materials yearly, per Tech Insider’s Julia Calderone. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 An Associated Press article covering a mass burial, the largest in the county’s history, describes impoverished Chicagoans caught unexpectedly in their oven-like homes. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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30 Sep 2022

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“Burial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burial. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for burial


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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