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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Similarly, several of the horror signifiers that Mr. Poole traces to the 1920s film world are centuries old—the fear of premature burial goes back to Vlad the Impaler and the original Dracula myths. D.j. Taylor, WSJ, "‘Wasteland’ Review: Ghosts of the Great War," 18 Jan. 2019 This is all leading up to 2020, when the much buzzed-about $1.1 billion Grand Egypt Museum—which will showcase King Tut’s entire burial collection—will open. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Nearly three-quarters of the burial mounds in northern Xinjiang have been looted. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 The service will be based on the burial rite of the Episcopal Chruch's Book of Common Prayer. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 Their findings, which include a mummification workshop and a shaft, used as a communal burial place, are located at the vast Saqqara necropolis part of the Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fox News, "Archaeologists in Egypt discover ancient mummification workshop," 2 Oct. 2018 Gucci presented a show in an ancient burial ground; Rodarte chose a cemetery as a location; and sound baths, incense, and healers made appearances through fashion month. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 One of Cooper’s jobs, as a cultural-resources specialist, is to research whether a highway project might trample on old tribal burial grounds or anything else of historical value. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018 Wyeth was likely interred in the burial grounds on 12th Street in Over-the-Rhine in 1829, and not moved when the cemetery was converted into Washington Park. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Revolutionary War patriots among city settlers," 3 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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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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