from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a funeral.
  • adj. Appropriate for or suggestive of a funeral; mournful: funereal gloom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to a funeral.
  • adj. Similar to a funeral, such as dignified or solemn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suiting a funeral; pertaining to burial; solemn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characteristic of or suitable for a funeral; hence, mournful; dismal; lugubrious; gloomy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial


From Latin fūnereus, from fūnus, fūner-, funeral; see funeral.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin funereus +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)



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