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 funereally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of funereal in a Sentence

shivered with cold in the dark and funereal Victorian mansion

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The color struck some as too funereal or too common. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "Red Carpet Review: #MeToo Message Mixes Awkwardly With Hollywood Awards Season Chatter," 8 Jan. 2018 Hindu priests, clad in white, dropped to their knees to lead funereal ceremonies for families who had lost an uncle, a father. Kai Schultz, New York Times, "In India, a Ghost Town and a Mythological Bridge," 3 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of funereal

: very sad and serious : suggesting a funeral

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