A coffin in a church ready for a funeral.
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.
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 sequence of rituals and ceremonies connected with the burial or cremation of a dead person
- 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
be someone's funeral⌂
- 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 f&umacron;ner&amacron;lia, neuter pl. of f&umacron;ner&amacron;lis, funereal, from Late Latin, from Latin f&umacron;nus, f&umacron;ner-, 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.