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1437, Borrowing from Middle French funerailles pl (“funeral rites”), from Medieval Latin fūnerālia (“funeral rites”), originally neuter plural of Late Latin fūnerālis (“having to do with a funeral”), from Latin fūnus (“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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfjuːn(ə)ɹəl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfjunəɹəl/
- Hyphenation: fu‧ne‧ral
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funeral (plural funerals)
- A ceremony to honour and remember a deceased person. Often distinguished from a memorial service by the presence of the body of the deceased.
- No one likes to go to funerals.
- (dated, chiefly in the plural) A funeral sermon.
- Mr. Giles Lawrence preached his funerals.
funeral (not comparable)
- (uncommon) Alternative form of
- 1852, Benson John Lossing, The Pictorial Field-book of the Revolution, page 367:
- All was funeral gloom and hope never whispered its cheering promises there.
- 1869, William Carleton, Tubber Derg: Or, The Red Well, page 166:
- Indeed I felt it altogether beautiful; and, as the "dying day-hymn stole aloft," the dim sun-beams fell, through a vista of naked motionless trees, upon the coffin, which was borne with a slower and more funeral pace than before, in a manner that threw a solemn and visionary light upon the whole procession.
- 1888, Plutarch's Lives: The Translation Called Dryden's - Volume 5, page 153:
- There was something dramatic and theatrical in the very funeral ceremonies with which Demetrius was honored.
- 1998, Lisa M. Klein, The Exemplary Sidney and the Elizabethan Sonneteer, page 15:
- The very funeral pageantry disguised behind-the-scenes struggles for control over Sidney's image.
- funeral in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- funeral at OneLook Dictionary Search
funeral (masculine and feminine plural funerals)
funeral m (plural funerals)
funeral m (plural funerais)
- funeral (ceremony to honour and bury a deceased person)
- funeral (relating to or similar in style or atmosphere to a funeral)
funeral (plural funerales)
funeral m (plural funerales)