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 However, his burial — which also saw a stampede that killed dozens — came just as the Guard shot down the airliner, igniting public anger against a paramilitary force that answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Amir Vahdat And Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown that killed all 176 people on board," 14 July 2020 As his widow, Jean had full control over his burial. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Casey Kasem's wife, children accused each other of "killing" radio icon," 4 July 2020 After Alexander’s death, Eliot presided at his funeral at the African Methodist Church and paid his burial expenses. Laurie Maffly-kipp, The New Republic, "The True Story of the Freed Slave Kneeling at Lincoln’s Feet," 1 July 2020 There are over nine miles of nature trails, as well as a prehistoric earthen burial mound, and 17 additional archaeological sites. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 30 June 2020 The art was found on dolmens, single-chamber burial structures built from huge rocks in what is now the Yehudiya Nature Reserve in the Galilee and Golan Heights. Fox News, "Mysterious rock art discovered in megalithic tombs in Israel," 14 July 2020 Because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, Rose’s burial service will be private. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Mike Finger: Tireless Leo Rose helped San Antonio make a mark," 9 July 2020 Yet when Anthony Cortez, the doctor who had ordered the rushed burial and quarantine, arrived to check on the Fernandez family, none of them expressed resentment. National Geographic, "How a single doctor fights to keep COVID-19 from reaching his rural town," 9 July 2020 The celebration of life and burial is set for Tuesday, July 7, in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "Martin McSally, Sen. Martha McSally's older brother, dies," 7 July 2020

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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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31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Burial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burial. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for burial

burial

noun
How to pronounce burial (audio)

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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