- The definition of a funeral is a ceremony celebrating or honoring the dead.
An example of a funeral is when your grandfather dies and you invite everyone to come to the church to hear speeches about him and to say goodbye.
A coffin in a church ready for a funeral.
Origin of funeralMiddle English ; from Late Latin funeralis ; from Classical Latin funus (gen. funeris), a funeral ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form dheu-, to pass away, die
- the ceremonies connected with burial or cremation of the dead; obsequies
- the procession accompanying the body to the place of burial or cremation
Origin of funeralME funerelles (pl.) < OFr funerailles < ML funeralia < neut. pl. of funeralis
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- a. A ceremony or group of ceremonies held in connection with the burial or cremation of a dead person.b. Archaic The eulogy delivered or the sermon preached at such a ceremony.
- The burial procession accompanying a body to the grave.
- An end or a cessation of existence.
- Slang A source of concern or care: If he doesn't meet the deadline, it's his funeral.
Origin of funeralMiddle English funerelles, funeral rites, from Old French funerailles, from Medieval Latin fūnerālia, neuter pl. of fūnerālis, funereal, from Late Latin, from Latin fūnus, fūner-, death rites; see dheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A ceremony to honour and remember a deceased person.
- No one likes to go to funerals.
- (dated, chiefly in the plural) A funeral sermon.
1437, from Middle French funerailles (“funeral rites”) plural, from Medieval Latin funeralia (“funeral rites”), originally neuter plural of Late Latin funeralis (“having to do with a funeral”), from Latin funere, ablative of funus (“funeral, death, corpse”), origin unknown, perhaps ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- (“to die”). Singular and plural used interchangeably in English until circa 1700. The adjective funereal is first attested 1725, by influence of Middle French funerail, from Latin funereus, from funus.