Definition of burial in English:


Line breaks: bur¦ial
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛrɪəl


[mass noun]
  • 1The action or practice of burying a dead body: his remains were shipped home for burial
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    • They are also charged with preventing or conspiring to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.
    • Tamil cremate or bury the dead, with burial being more common among lower castes.
    • Instead, Creon is guilty of a religious sin by denying burial to a dead man's body.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A ceremony at which someone’s body is buried; a funeral: they will give him a proper burial [as modifier]: burial rites
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    • It was when I was living in Washington nearly 20 years ago that I first heard about the curious American habit of conducting burials without bodies.
    • These funeral homes and modern burials just don't compete.
    • I have been forced to fix a personal quota of funerals if I am not to be on the move to and from burials and funeral parlours all year long.
  • 1.2 [count noun] Archaeology A grave or the remains found in it: [as modifier]: burial mounds
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    • Because of this not all the earth had been put back into the grave at the time of the burial, so it seems likely that a small burial mound or barrow surmounted the grave.
    • Our comparisons also suggest that the types of grave artifacts included with burials were partly related to age and location.
    • Pagan burial mounds on the Isle of Man have revealed the grave of a Viking warrior.


Old English byrgels 'place of burial, grave' (interpreted as plural in Middle English, hence the loss of the final -s), of Germanic origin; related to bury.

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