fu·ner·al | \ ˈfyün-rəl , ˈfyü-nə- \

Definition of funeral 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a funeral



Definition of funeral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the observances held for a dead person usually before burial or cremation

2 chiefly dialectal : a funeral sermon

3 : a funeral procession

4 : an end of something's existence

5 : a matter of concern to one : worry if you flunk, it's your funeral

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Examples of funeral in a Sentence


a slow and heavy funeral song


Only family attended the funeral. His funeral will be held on Friday. His cousin made the funeral arrangements.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bensalem, Pa, The funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "Former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner William Richmond dies," 27 June 2018 According to the Kansas City Star, a funeral Mass for the late style icon, will be held at 3 P.M. local time this Thursday, June 21st at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church. Jillian Ruffo,, "Kate Spade's Funeral to Be Held Thursday in Her Hometown of Kansas City," 18 June 2018 Fahey's funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Angels Church in West Park. Carol Kovach,, "Barton Senior Center benefit is a Caribbean cocktail party: A Place in the Sun," 15 May 2018 In the steady rain, Morrison and the others from St. Teresa's Academy's class of 1981 were waiting in their SUV outside the church at 3333 Broadway, three hours before Spade's 3 p.m. funeral service. Eric Adler, Aaron Randle And Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Kate Spade's funeral: Mourners gather to say goodbye to hometown fashion icon," 21 June 2018 Thousands attended a funeral service Sunday to remember the Pakistani exchange student killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting. CBS News, "Thousands attend service for exchange student killed in Santa Fe High School shooting," 20 May 2018 Calling hours will be prior to the funeral procession from 9: 00 to 10:30 am. Hartford Courant,, "Concetta Tordonato," 12 July 2018 The man had suffered a seizure while in a funeral procession. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'My angel wings sprouted again': Greenfield alderwoman helps another stranger after seizure, fall," 5 July 2018 Officers were dispatched at 12:45 p.m. to the 400 block of East Main in Tomball, where the Cypress-Fairbanks SD officer working an extra job was hit by a vehicle during a funeral procession, according to Tomball spokesman B. Patin. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress-Fairbanks ISD officer critically injured in funeral procession," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. PST, with a reception and luncheon to follow at Fort Washington Country Club. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Darryl Rogers funeral: Arrangements set for ex-Detroit Lions, MSU coach," 13 July 2018 The funeral service will follow the next day at 11:00 at Marlborough Congregational Church, 35 S. Main St. Marlborough, CT., "Nancy A. DeLong," 12 July 2018 Rabbi Larry Shor, who led the funeral service, was a classmate of Fischman's from kindergarten through high school. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Capital staffer remembered as 'smart, beautiful, talented'," 10 July 2018 Rabbi Larry Shor, who led the funeral service, was a classmate of Fischman’s from kindergarten through high school. Michael Kunzelman,, "Newsroom shooting victims remembered Sunday," 9 July 2018 The family will have a private funeral service on July 9, 2018 at Ridout’s Valley Chapel with the Rev. Jennifer Riddle officiating., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/8," 8 July 2018 The funeral service on Saturday begins with prayers at 9:15 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway in Crown Point, followed by a Mass at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 8303 Taft St., Merrillville. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Longtime Merrillville tailor John Cicco dead at 93," 6 July 2018 The funeral service is noon Monday, July 9, at the funeral home. Sheila Vilvens,, "Remembering Beamer, a 'leader in education for Clermont County'," 5 July 2018 More than 100 people attended Flynn’s funeral service in Spokane Valley on Saturday. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Spokane County Jail removing bedsheets, hiring suicide-prevention expert after 3 inmates hang themselves in a year," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of funeral


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for funeral


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


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

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English Language Learners Definition of funeral

: a ceremony held for a dead person


fu·ner·al | \ ˈfyü-nə-rəl , ˈfyün-rəl \

Kids Definition of funeral

: the ceremonies held for a dead person (as before burial)

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