from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ceremony or group of ceremonies held in connection with the burial or cremation of a dead person.
- n. Archaic The eulogy delivered or the sermon preached at such a ceremony.
- n. The burial procession accompanying a body to the grave.
- n. An end or a cessation of existence.
- n. Slang A source of concern or care: If he doesn't meet the deadline, it's his funeral.
- adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a funeral.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Being related to a ceremony in honor of a deceased person.
- n. A ceremony to honour of a deceased person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The solemn rites used in the disposition of a dead human body, whether such disposition be by interment, burning, or otherwise; esp., the ceremony or solemnization of interment; obsequies; burial; -- formerly used in the plural.
- n. The procession attending the burial of the dead; the show and accompaniments of an interment.
- n. A funeral sermon; -- usually in the plural.
- adj. Pertaining to a funeral; used at the interment of the dead.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to burial or sepulture; used, spoken, etc., at the interment of the dead; as, a funeral torch; funeral rites; a funeral train or procession; a funeral oration.
- n. The ceremony of burying a dead person; the solemnization of interment; obsequies: formerly used also in the plural.
- n. A procession of persons attending the burial of the dead; a funeral train.
- n. A funeral sermon: usually in the plural, Davies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)