fu·​ne·​re·​al | \ fyu̇-ˈnir-ē-əl How to pronounce funereal (audio) \

Definition of funereal

1 : of or relating to a funeral
2 : befitting or suggesting a funeral (as in solemnity)

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Other Words from funereal

funereally \ fyu̇-​ˈnir-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce funereal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of funereal in a Sentence

shivered with cold in the dark and funereal Victorian mansion
Recent Examples on the Web With the sudden announcement of a lockdown, the festivities turned funereal. New York Times, 11 May 2021 The private automobiles, symbolic referents to which also suffuse the work, are led by guides in funereal procession through different stations in varying sections of the garage. Chris Jones,, 27 Apr. 2021 Parker's interpretation often seemed a spirited debate between his two hands, here romantic vs. comedic, there funereal vs. frolicsome. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 Castel Sant'Angelo is suddenly a tomb again, gloomy and funereal. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2021 During the time of the pharaohs, gold was often used to decorate the funereal masks of rulers like King Tutankhamen. Jacey Fortin, Star Tribune, 11 Feb. 2021 But as the results come in, the mood turns funereal. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2020 Scholars first used inscriptions on their funereal goods to identify them. National Geographic, 17 Sep. 2020 If anything, the material frailty of the image helps focus your attention on its funereal mood. Teju Cole, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of funereal

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for funereal

Latin funereus, from funer-, funus

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The first known use of funereal was in 1598

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30 May 2021

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“Funereal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of funereal

: very sad and serious : suggesting a funeral

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