fu·​ner·​ary ˈfyü-nə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce funerary (audio)
: of, used for, or associated with burial
a pharaoh's funerary chamber

Examples of funerary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anubis was one of the earliest funerary gods in ancient Egypt and was a prominent figure for more than 3,000 years. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023 Encompassing different oral and written styles, the Pyramid Texts likely were funerary liturgies that priests would have uttered to help the royal deceased reach an afterlife in the sky. Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Oct. 2023 They were initially surprised by the extended time frame that the cave was used for funerary practices. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 21 Sep. 2023 With the help of some cutting edge technology, a team from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belgium, and Austria was able to reconstruct the funerary process of two individuals whose burned remains were uncovered in urns dating back to late in the Bronze Age. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 30 Aug. 2023 Those funerary items made up about 40% of the exhibit. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, 5 Aug. 2023 The couple remained abroad for the funerary events that followed, and Prince Harry returned for the coronation of his father on May 6. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2023 Bello thinks that once Neanderthals and modern humans began to develop funerary rituals 100,000 years ago, cannibalism may have acquired ritualistic components, becoming more than a meal. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023 The new law increases criminal penalties for the looting and desecration of gravesites, while adding a ban on profiteering from human remains and funerary objects through their sale, purchase or exhibition. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, 5 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of funerary was in 1661

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“Funerary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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