Definition of funebrial in English:



  • Having the mournful, sombre character appropriate to a funeral; funereal.

    • ‘There is certainly an air of book-making about the publication; which is not lessened by the funebrial verses that it contains.’
    • ‘I believe they are funebrial structures.’
    • ‘Their funebrial garlands had little of beauty in them besides roses.’
    • ‘A short time before his death he dressed himself in that funebrial habit, and shutting his eyes like a departed person, was drawn in that attitude by a skilful painter.’
    • ‘Human skeletal remains were abundant, and those of 200 individuals, together with their rich funebrial offerings, were removed for anthropological study at Otago University.’
    solemn, sombre, grave, serious
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Late 16th century: from Latin funebris (from funus ‘funeral’) + -al.