Definition of funeral in English:

funeral

noun

  • 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 service’
    • ‘Preparations are being made to assist those attending the coming funeral services.’
    • ‘Shocked regulars are holding a wake for him at the pub after his funeral service at Southend Crematorium next Tuesday.’
    • ‘The couple attended the funeral service with their younger daughter, Sarah, 14.’
    • ‘Signs of her popularity were visible by the large attendance at her funeral services.’
    • ‘The large attendances at his funeral services showed the deep respect in which he was held in the parish.’
    • ‘Among those attending the funeral service were representatives from a host of other clubs and other sports.’
    • ‘The funeral service will be held at York Crematorium on Friday, August 10 at a time still to be announced.’
    • ‘Recently I attended the funeral service of a man who retired less than one year ago.’
    • ‘Accordingly, it is suggested that time to attend funerals and memorial services be provided to staff members to facilitate grieving and closure.’
    • ‘Friends and family later attended the funeral service at The Knowle, followed by cremation at Oakworth.’
    • ‘The funeral service is at Haltemprice Crematorium on Wednesday at noon.’
    • ‘The funeral service and cremation will be held at Scholemoor Cemetery tomorrow at 1pm.’
    • ‘There would be no weddings, no funerals and no big services because we could not get people up here.’
    • ‘Marion was unable to travel from America but was able to attend the funeral service in Sydney.’
    • ‘She was trussed up in a fashion resembling preparation for a ritual funeral service.’
    • ‘Kevin Warr's family and friends packed into his funeral service at Overdale Crematorium.’
    • ‘A funeral service was taking place today at Scarborough Crematorium followed by a wake at a local pub.’
    • ‘Today we travel down to the West to do the funeral service and burial for Grandma on Saturday.’
    • ‘The funeral service this morning for the colleague from work was very well attended.’
    • ‘His funeral service had to be delayed owing to his death being so far away from home.’
    burial, burying, interment, entombment, committal, inhumation, laying to rest, consignment to the grave
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    1. 1.1US rare A sermon delivered at a funeral.
      ‘the community would call him to preach the funeral’
      • ‘The gentleman was on his way to Oklahoma with his wife and six kids to preach a funeral.’
    2. 1.2archaic, literary A procession of mourners at a burial.
      ‘her funeral had to pass’
      • ‘The laneway to the cemetery was narrow and it was on Deegans land - the funerals had to pass through Deegans yard.’
      • ‘The villages through which the funeral passed had all the shutters up in respect for his memory.’
      • ‘When she was a child it was common to see funerals pass the road with the coffin carried by men.’

Phrases

  • 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.’’
      • ‘At first, Elminster refuses to play this game, then thinks, what the hell, it's his 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.’
      • ‘If they want to continue to act like animals, well, it's their funeral and at least we taxpayers won't have to pony up for the casket.’
      • ‘But that's the way it is - and it's their funeral, in more ways than one.’
      • ‘If you'll excuse the cliché, go ahead but it's your funeral.’
      • ‘Vanzetti and his coworker shrugged, ‘All right then, but it's your funeral.’’
      • ‘If they want to play that game, it's their funeral, not mine.’
      • ‘As far as I'm concerned, if they want to post something incriminating, it's their funeral.’
      • ‘If they want to bury their heads in the sand and keep saying, ‘I'm alright Jack ’, then it's their funeral.’
      responsibility, problem, worry, concern, business, affair
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

funeral

/ˈfjuːn(ə)r(ə)l/