Definition of funeral in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞on(ə)rəl/


1The ceremonies honoring a dead person, typically involving burial or cremation.
Example sentences
  • Shocked regulars are holding a wake for him at the pub after his funeral service at Southend Crematorium next Tuesday.
  • The funeral service and cremation will be held at Scholemoor Cemetery tomorrow at 1pm.
  • Kevin Warr's family and friends packed into his funeral service at Overdale Crematorium.
burial, interment, entombment, committal, inhumation, laying to rest;
obsequies, last offices, memorial service
archaic sepulture
1.1US rare A sermon delivered at a funeral.
Example sentences
  • The gentleman was on his way to Oklahoma with his wife and six kids to preach a funeral.
1.2 archaic or literary A procession of mourners at a burial.
Example sentences
  • The laneway to the cemetery was narrow and it was on Deegans land - the funerals had to pass through Deegans yard.
  • When she was a child it was common to see funerals pass the road with the coffin carried by men.
  • The villages through which the funeral passed had all the shutters up in respect for his memory.


it's (or that's) someone's funeral

informal Used to warn someone that an unwise act or decision is their responsibility: “I won’t discuss it.” “Don’t then—it’s your funeral.”
More example sentences
  • If you'll excuse the cliché, go ahead but it's your funeral.
  • The constable sighed, ‘All right, bud, it's your funeral.’
  • ‘All right, it's your funeral,’ he said, stepping away from the door to Shaidanna's room and gesturing him through.
responsibility, problem, worry, concern, business, affair
informal headache


Late Middle English: from Old French funeraille, from medieval Latin funeralia, neuter plural of late Latin funeralis, from Latin funus, funer- 'funeral, death, corpse'.

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Syllabification: fu·ner·al

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