- 1A ceremony or service held shortly after a person’s death, usually including the person’s burial or cremation: in the afternoon, he’d attended a funeral [as modifier]: a funeral serviceMore 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.
- 1.1US • rare A sermon delivered at a funeral: the community would call him to preach the funeralMore 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: her funeral had to passMore 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 your 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.
late Middle English: from Old French funeraille, from medieval Latin funeralia, neuter plural of late Latin funeralis, from Latin funus, funer- 'funeral, death, corpse'.