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1437, from Middle French funerailles (“funeral rites”) pl, 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.
funeral (not comparable)
funeral (plural funerals)
- A ceremony to honour and remember a deceased person.
- No one likes to go to funerals.
- (dated, chiefly in the plural) A funeral sermon.
- Mr. Giles Lawrence preached his funerals.
funeral m (plural funerales)