funeral director


: one whose profession is the management of funerals and who is usually an embalmer

Examples of funeral director in a Sentence

the funeral director instructed the pallbearers on how to proceed
Recent Examples on the Web Lynch, who lives nearby in Detroit’s Arden Park, is a third-generation funeral director with Lynch and Sons, operating several metro Detroit funeral homes, and is the owner of Detroit’s historic bathhouse, The Schvitz. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2024 Working with local funeral directors, Banks shares in The Star the stories of recently deceased, everyday Black citizens who made a difference in their communities. The Star’s Leadership Team, Kansas City Star, 21 Apr. 2024 But by then, the funeral director had died and did not record what happened to the remains or tell anyone else. Rennie Svirnovskiy, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2023 Previously:Meet the New Albany funeral director appearing this weekend on 'American Idol' What 'American Idol' contestants are from Indiana? Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Feb. 2024 Licensed professions vary by state but include art therapists, funeral directors, mortgage brokers, plumbers, teachers, and taxidermists. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Rather, he’s intrigued by the way that undertakers refashioned themselves—haltingly but successfully—as funeral directors over the span of a few decades in the early twentieth century. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 This is not the first attempt at bringing water cremation to the state — it has been proposed at least three times in Indiana’s legislature over the last 15 years, according to Andy Clayton, spokesman for the state funeral director association. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Jan. 2024 Even so, Torres never set out to be a funeral director. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Mechanics, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of funeral director was in 1834

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“Funeral director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

funeral director

: a person whose profession is the managing of funerals and the preparation of the dead for burial or cremation
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