fu·​ner·​al | \ ˈfyün-rəl How to pronounce funeral (audio) , 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

The visitation will be held at 11:00 A.M. followed by an 11:30 A.M. funeral service on Saturday July 13th at Saint Matthew Catholic Church., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2019 Currently, funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Southern Living, "Legendary New Orleans Musician Dave Bartholomew Dies at 100," 24 June 2019 These were memories recalled Friday during a funeral service for the 37-year-old trooper who was killed June 14 while working a traffic crash on Interstate 70. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Fallen Colorado State Patrol trooper remembered as “knight in shining armor” during service," 21 June 2019 For those who are unable to attend, the funeral Mass on Monday will be broadcast on WLAE television. Ann Maloney,, "New Orleans celebrates Leah Chase’s life at memorial service at Xavier University," 8 June 2019 For extra authenticity, Emmerich actually filmed his Pearl Harbor scenes, including funeral sequences, on Ford Island and also shot aboard an actual submarine. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Here's your first look at 'Midway,' Roland Emmerich's all-star World War II epic," 26 June 2019 According to his wishes there will be no memorial or funeral service., "James P. Lehmann," 25 June 2019 After examining the funeral service bill, his attorney filed a complaint with the funeral board and petitioned the probate court to order McBride to reimburse the estate for some of the charges. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Phoenix funeral home took control of dead people's estates, then charged them excessive fees, complaints say," 21 June 2019 Beatrice would have known his stepson for many years — and joined her parents at Shale’s funeral eight years ago. Simon Perry,, "Princess Beatrice Is 'Completely Head Over Heels' with Boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At his request, no funeral will be held, his family said in a statement. Andrew Dalton,, "Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, at 75," 14 July 2019 No funeral or memorial services have been scheduled yet, according to the diocese's statement. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "'Filled with God’s compassion and love for us': Community mourns loss of Phoenix priest," 13 July 2019 Words of Remembrance will be shared at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the funeral chapel., "John S. Tremblay," 12 July 2019 Incognito was arrested in August 2018 on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and threats during his father's funeral. Michael Shapiro,, "Raiders Guard Richie Incognito Suspended Two Games For Violating Conduct Policy," 12 July 2019 Susi Larsen’s funeral was held on what would have been her wedding day., "New law would limit Oregon’s death penalty to rare cases: Accused MAX train killer Jeremy Christian and others would face life in prison," 12 July 2019 Barrelet said there would be no funeral as Graff asked that his body be donated to UCSD School of Medicine. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alan Graff, who made a name for himself as radio personality Sam Bass, dies at 71," 12 July 2019 With her son's funeral in three days, Patty Franklin went to the steps of police headquarters Thursday as city officials gathered to discuss a recent surge in gun violence. Cameron Knight,, "As more police hit the street, mother of slain 14-year-old says, 'I just want peace'," 11 July 2019 Wednesday's funeral mass is taking place beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Hugo of the Hills Church, 2215 Opdyke Road in Bloomfield Hills. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Friends, family gather to say goodbye to Lee Iacocca," 10 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce funeral (audio) , ˈfyün-rəl\

Kids Definition of funeral

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

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