funeral

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adjective

fu·​ner·​al ˈfyün-rəl How to pronounce funeral (audio)
ˈfyü-nə-
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: of, relating to, or constituting a funeral
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funeral

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noun

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: the observances held for a dead person usually before burial or cremation
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chiefly dialectal : a funeral sermon
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: a funeral procession
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: an end of something's existence
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: a matter of concern to one : worry
if you flunk, it's your funeral

Examples of funeral in a Sentence

Adjective a slow and heavy funeral song Noun Only family attended the funeral. His funeral will be held on Friday. His cousin made the funeral arrangements.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The arrangement suggests the graveyard was likely visible to passersby and used as a site of funeral ceremonies. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 1 July 2024 The narrative of the show, usually an abstract thing with Cirque du Soleil’s stagings, centers around Mauro the Dreamer Clown imagining a funeral procession highlighting moments in his life with a parade of characters in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by angels. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 20 June 2024
Noun
After spending the 4th celebrating in red, white, and blue (or perhaps funeral garb, given the state of everything right now), maybe enjoy some red, white, and yellow and gear up for the release of Deadpool & Wolverine by reading our cover story by senior editor Nick Romano. Ew Staff Published, EW.com, 5 July 2024 At his family’s request, there was no eulogy at his funeral service. Nicolaus Mills, New York Daily News, 4 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for funeral 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Late Latin funeralis, from Latin funer-, funus funeral (noun)

Noun

Middle English funerelles (plural), from Middle French funerailles (plural), from Medieval Latin funeralia (plural), from Late Latin, neuter plural of funeralis, adjective

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of funeral was in the 15th century

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“Funeral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/funeral. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

funeral

noun
fu·​ner·​al
ˈfyün-(ə-)rəl
: the ceremonies held for a dead person (as before burial)
funeral adjective

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