fu·​ner·​ary | \ ˈfyü-nə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce funerary (audio) \

Definition of funerary

: of, used for, or associated with burial a pharaoh's funerary chamber

Examples of funerary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today little is visible of the funerary temple built by Amenhotep III on the west bank of the Nile. National Geographic, "King Tut's grandparents were Egypt's royal power couple," 17 Sep. 2020 Burying the deceased underground was the dominant funerary practice for millennia, says Fanny Bocquentin, an archaeologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, to Michael Marshall of New Scientist. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Humans in the Near East Cremated Their Dead 9,000 Years Ago," 17 Aug. 2020 The funerary post was absent on a recent visit to the Quai Branly museum. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From Museums," 21 Sep. 2020 Now, reports Ruth Schuster for Haaretz, archaeologists have identified traces of this ancient funerary rite as the Near East’s earliest evidence of cremation. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Humans in the Near East Cremated Their Dead 9,000 Years Ago," 17 Aug. 2020 Discovered in July 2018, the structure offers a glimpse into the painstaking labors of mummy-making, hinting at the market-minded acumen of the entrepreneurs whose practices paved a path for future funerary rites. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient Egyptian Funeral Home Reveals Embalmers Had a Knack for Business," 7 May 2020 Byzantine mosaics, statues of Hittite goddesses, funerary busts, Roman tombs filled with gold coins. Jenna Scatena, The Atlantic, "The Looting Network," 31 July 2020 Many museums have been engaged in repatriations of human remains and funerary items, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, known as NAGPRA, helped end the display of such items nationwide. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Tribes' human remains and cultural items have been scattered across the U.S. Here's how they get returned," 27 June 2020 Included among the items were gold amulets, a relief with the cartouche of a Ptolemaic king, wooden tomb model figures, and two Roman period funerary stelae. Fox News, "NYC man who allegedly smuggled Egyptian artifacts through JFK airport in suitcases is indicted," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of funerary

1661, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Funerary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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