funeral home


: an establishment with facilities for the preparation of the dead for burial or cremation, for the viewing of the body, and for funerals

called also funeral parlor

Examples of funeral home in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An investigation was launched in October when the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a foul odor coming from the funeral home's facility in Penrose. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 8 Nov. 2023 Hells Angels got rid of bodies at a Fresno funeral home known as the ‘pizza oven,’ feds say. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 William Mejia reported the incident to the local funeral home the family was working with. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 26 Sep. 2023 Obituary pirating, where people scrape and republish obituaries from funeral homes and websites like, has been an ethically dubious business for years. WIRED, 22 Sep. 2023 Previous calls made by PEOPLE to the funeral home went unanswered. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 While unclaimed remains would typically have been buried in an unmarked grave, the funeral home left Murphy’s above ground, first in the hope that someone would come to claim him, then, with approval from the state, to observe the results of the embalming method. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 By now, Frank would be parked outside the funeral home waiting for them, worried by their delay. Mary Costello, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 When a person receives ashes of a loved one from a funeral home, the bones have been cremated in a furnace for two hours at up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. Jenny Jarvie, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of funeral home was in 1895

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“Funeral home.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

funeral home

: a place where the dead are prepared for burial or cremation and funerals are held

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