in·​ter·​ment | \ in-ˈtər-mənt How to pronounce interment (audio) \

Definition of interment

: the act or ceremony of interring

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Examples of interment in a Sentence

a respectful but nonreligious interment in a private cemetery

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The Robert Shure Funeral Home took care of arrangements for interment. Hartford Courant,, "Yale Chussil," 4 Feb. 2018 Maybe their interment was part of a larger religious ceremony; in their paper, Sanger and his colleagues discreetly suggested the possibility of sacrifice, but there’s no more evidence for that scenario than any other. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Find shows 4,000-year-old trade routes stretched from Carolinas to Great Lakes," 31 July 2018 Civil rights activist Fred Korematsu, who died in 2005, challenged his interment, but the Supreme Court ruled that his detention was a military necessity. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "The Supreme Court Overturned a Ruling That Enabled Internment of Japanese-Americans During World War II," 26 June 2018 Socrates, a pet rat that died eight months ago, and three others now sit in her kitchen freezer, awaiting interment. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "In France, Even the Rats Have Rights," 10 Aug. 2018 Matthew Shepard’s interment was a long time coming Matthew Shepard was killed in October 1998. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "“Welcome home, Matt”: Bishop Robinson welcomes Matthew Shepard — and gay Christians — back to the church," 26 Oct. 2018 But Friday’s interment comes at a fraught moment for the LGBTQ community in America. Juliet Linderman, The Seattle Times, "Matthew Shepard, symbol for gay rights, laid to rest in DC," 26 Oct. 2018 The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion asked Mr. Trump to keep American flags lowered until Mr. McCain’s interment. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump Orders U.S. Flag to Fly at Half-Staff Until John McCain’s Interment," 28 Aug. 2018 Abbey officials did not specify the date of interment. Mike Wall,, "Stephen Hawking to Be Interred in Westminster Abbey Near Newton, Darwin," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of interment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of interment

formal : the act of burying a dead person


in·​ter·​ment | \ in-ˈtər-mənt How to pronounce interment (audio) \

Kids Definition of interment

: burial

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