re·​buri·​al (ˌ)rē-ˈber-ē-əl How to pronounce reburial (audio)
 also  -ˈbər-ē-
plural reburials
: the act or an instance of burying something for a second or subsequent time
Intact bones and fragments were secured and now await reburial at the site or nearby.Adam Parker

Examples of reburial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dexter Wade was exhumed from a grave that bore only a number, for a formal funeral and reburial. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 It is considered an auspicious time for destabilizing life changes — moves, renovations, reburials. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Now, Native Americans whose ancestors’ remains ended up held for study in sterile, nondescript boxes on shelves in educational facilities or displayed in cultural locales hope a new Illinois law will speed their recovery for proper reburial in their homeland. John O’Connor and Melissa Perez Winder, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sep. 2023 The remains will be placed into new wooden boxes, as specified by the Historical Commission, for reburial. Joseph D. Bryant |, al, 21 Aug. 2023 Previous policies at the Illinois State Museum, which holds the remains of at least 7,000 ancestors, favored the scientific study of remains over their return to tribes for reburial. Logan Jaffe, ProPublica, 5 Aug. 2023 When the Natural History Museum sent the remains back to Alaska in 2017, Johnson, the museum director, traveled to the remote village for the reburial. Claire Healy, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2023 Her tribe, like others, had to draw on existing ceremonies to establish a new process for reburials that did not exist before the looting. Mary Hudetz, ProPublica, 9 Aug. 2023 Kaufmann’s mother supposedly received them from the estate of her great-uncle, Franz Romeo Seligmann, a Viennese doctor, medical historian and anthropologist who received the bones during Beethoven’s 1863 reburial. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reburial was in 1710

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“Reburial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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