fu·​ne·​re·​al fyu̇-ˈnir-ē-əl How to pronounce funereal (audio)
: of or relating to a funeral
: befitting or suggesting a funeral (as in solemnity)
funereally adverb

Examples of funereal in a Sentence

shivered with cold in the dark and funereal Victorian mansion
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Word History


Latin funereus, from funer-, funus

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of funereal was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Funereal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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fu·​ne·​re·​al fyu̇-ˈnir-ē-əl How to pronounce funereal (audio)
: suggesting a funeral
funereal gloom
funereally adverb

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