- 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.
funeral definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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: ME funerelles (pl.) < OFr funerailles < ML funeralia < neut. pl. of funeralis
funeral definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle 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 dheuə- in Indo-European roots.
funeral - Phrases/Idioms
be someone's funeralâ