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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a funeral ceremony
▪ Funeral ceremonies have been held since ancient times.
funeral director
funeral expenses (=the cost of arranging a funeral)
▪ She had a small insurance policy to cover the funeral expenses.
funeral home
funeral/wedding/carnival etc procession
marriage/funeral/christening etc service
▪ a memorial service for the disaster victims
▪ Some funeral directors will assist in do-it-yourself funerals by supplying a simple coffin and dealing with the documentation. 4.
▪ To show proper respect and consideration for the families and the dead, funeral directors must dress appropriately.
▪ The Independent Television Commission have now removed the ban on funeral directors.
▪ To unburden themselves of arranging and directing these tasks, grieving families turn to funeral directors.
▪ Indeed, this person's role would not have been dissimilar to that undertaken by the present-day funeral director.
▪ After passing a State board licensing examination, new funeral directors may join the staff of a funeral home.
▪ It is also possible to discuss arrangements with the funeral directors in advance - requests will be lodged with the company.
▪ Though admonished not to by the funeral director, I want to touch her.
▪ Their widows should have collected £2,750 to help with funeral expenses, but there was no money in the fund.
▪ Tommy Dorsey paid the funeral expenses.
▪ The family took Victor back home because had he died in hospital then they could not have afforded the funeral expenses.
▪ I could have asked to go to the funeral home for a last view, to have the coffin unscrewed.
▪ They went past a couple of funeral homes along the way.
▪ Black day A funeral home was throwing open its doors today with guided tours around the coffins, memorial stones and hearses.
▪ The afternoon papers are on the back seat and he reads them until the limousine stops in front of a funeral home.
▪ After passing a State board licensing examination, new funeral directors may join the staff of a funeral home.
▪ The funeral home brought her directly from the morgue this morning, and she may still be cold.
▪ One of his houses is now a funeral home.
▪ He covers himself in rose-water all the time so that the place smells like a funeral parlour.
▪ It was a testimonial for a funeral parlour which had dealt with the victims of a forest fire.
▪ But what could be more important than his appointment as chairman of the largest and most prestigious funeral parlour in the city?
▪ At three in the morning I wake up with a start and think I am in a funeral parlour.
▪ There were five cars from the funeral parlour following the coffin.
▪ I followed him into the funeral parlour, where we were greeted by a businesslike undertaker.
▪ Trelawney himself is buried in Pelynt Church and the crozier carried in his funeral procession is also there on view.
▪ Herbalifers scuttle into permanent blackness, and a Soweto funeral procession comes on.
▪ The funeral procession started peacefully in Brooklyn, with thousands following the coffin and lining the streets.
▪ Citizens lined the main streets and applauded as the funeral procession passed by.
▪ Regardless of the general press of humanity, a funeral procession was attempting to pass down it from the other end.
▪ It's a wedding journey, not a funeral procession.
▪ Gandhi's funeral Rajiv Gandhi was cremated on May 24 after a four-hour state funeral procession through the streets of Delhi.
▪ A special funeral pyre was built in the nearby woods to cremate deceased Hindu servicemen.
▪ M., Ramdas, the third son of the Mahatma, set fire to the funeral pyre.
▪ The birds returned, invaded Bird Spirit Land and flocked and swarmed above the funeral pyre.
▪ There was something noble, almost Roman about it all: Let the steel industry be my funeral pyre.
▪ Sucking in a deep lungful of smoke, he looked back at the fiercely blazing funeral pyre for the first time.
▪ They held that a suicide should not be honored with a funeral pyre and urn-burial.
▪ She crawled closer to the funeral pyre, rejoicing in its warmth, and slept.
▪ So, haunted by images of funeral pyres of livestock, how far should we go to support farmers and auxiliary industries?
▪ That provides for the funeral service itself.
▪ Nearly all worked in the funeral service and crematory industry, but a few worked for the Federal Government.
▪ A belief in helping the weak was the thread that bound the funeral service.
▪ At her request there will be no funeral services.
▪ The funeral service was a hurried one because of their condition.
▪ I sing in the choir at the funeral service for the family.
▪ The funeral service and groupings within it had changed over the last five years.
▪ They provide practical experience in all facets of the funeral service from embalming to transporting remains.
▪ His state funeral was held in Oslo cathedral on Jan. 30.
▪ The two-hour ceremony combined the dignity of a state funeral with the down-to-earth gospel of her hometown church.
▪ It was perhaps the closest the country has come to a state funeral in modern times.
▪ After the State funeral, plans were made for the Coronation, which for the very first time was to be televised.
▪ A state funeral was held on July 22.
▪ The military leader, Colonel Acheampong, wanted him to have a state funeral.
▪ Gandhi's funeral Rajiv Gandhi was cremated on May 24 after a four-hour state funeral procession through the streets of Delhi.
▪ Borsellino, whose family had rejected a state funeral, was buried on July 24.
▪ You can not choose who will arrange your funeral and take care of your affairs after you have died.
▪ Some one has to arrange for the funeral.
▪ The person applying must have taken responsibility for arranging the funeral.
▪ She had no family, and Lilly arranged the funeral.
▪ Eventually the medical school will arrange the funeral, and the family can participate if they wish. 8.
▪ Relatives at Lyneham will now arrange private funerals.
▪ During Nigel's second period in hospital, in between the times I spent there, I set about arranging his funeral.
▪ Earlier in the same church hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of another victim, 52-year-old James McKenna.
▪ Bill managed our farm, and when Isaac died, of course we were expected to attend the funeral.
▪ So many people attended his funeral in Cheltenham, that the town was brought to a standstill.
▪ I did not attend the funeral.
▪ She will today attend the funeral of the 11-month-old son of one of her closest friends, former flatmate Laura Londsdale.
▪ MacDonald was attending the funeral of an aunt in Sussex.
▪ She had decided not to attend the funeral, believing now that dignified restraint was her best role.
▪ She descended into hell to attend the funeral of the raging bull of heaven, her instrument for terrorizing the earth.
▪ He hadn't gone to Auntie's funeral - children often don't.
▪ And if the clients died of an overdose of bullets, he was not too proud to go to their funerals.
▪ Children are often not allowed to go to funerals nor allowed to talk or ask questions about the person who has died.
▪ You might as well go straight to your funeral.
▪ Meredith speculated whether or not her dinner guest would go to her funeral.
▪ I called the caseworker and asked did John want to go to the funeral.
▪ He went to funerals because he liked to think of people being dead in coffins.
▪ She, the Art Teacher and the Math Teacher went together to the funeral.
▪ Poor people preferred to hold their funerals on Sundays, when they did not have to work and when public-houses were open.
▪ Other people held funerals for paper dolls such as Hedy Lamarr, but we thought that was childish.
▪ Congress had killed a White House buyout plan earlier, and held what amounted to funeral services for the program.
▪ Daisy let Arthur pay for the funeral, although she knew he had no money.
▪ And make him pay for the funeral.
▪ Taking a funeral policy can cost less than paying for a funeral plan by instalments but it depends on average life expectancy.
▪ Tommy Dorsey paid the funeral expenses.
▪ BMonths earlier, he had helped his best friend, a former bodybuilder, plan his own funeral.
▪ When the elder Kim died in 1994, Hwang was on the official committee that planned his funeral.
▪ The week of the March crusade, a doctor had told Domroes' wife to start making plans for a funeral.
ice-cream/funeral/tattoo parlour
▪ Don went to Boston to attend a friend's funeral.
▪ As yet, no awarding body is involved in this part of the process for the funeral industry.
▪ Both Mercedes and Auto Union sent senior figures to the London funeral and the flowers started to arrive.
▪ No funeral was planned, a spokesman said Friday.
▪ She didn't come to the funeral.
▪ The question then arises: what purpose do Hopi funeral rites serve?
▪ The town council arranged the funeral and the guild members attended in a secondary role.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Funeral \Fu"ner*al\, a. [LL. funeralis. See Funeral, n.] Pertaining to a funeral; used at the interment of the dead; as, funeral rites, honors, or ceremonies.

Funeral pile or Funeral pyre, a structure of combustible material, upon which a dead body is placed to be reduced to ashes, as part of a funeral rite; a pyre. -- Fu"ner*al*ly, adv. [Obs.]
--Sir T. Browne.


Funeral \Fu"ner*al\ (f[=u]"n[~e]r*al), n. [LL. funeralia, prop. neut. pl. of funeralis of a funeral, fr. L. funus, funeris, funeral: cf. F. fun['e]railles.]

  1. 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.

    King James his funerals were performed very solemnly in the collegiate church at Westminster.

  2. The procession attending the burial of the dead; the show and accompaniments of an interment. ``The long funerals.''

  3. A funeral sermon; -- usually in the plural. [Obs.]

    Mr. Giles Lawrence preached his funerals.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"ceremony of burying a dead person," 1510s, probably short for funeral service, etc., from funeral (adj.).


late 14c., "pertaining to the burial of the dead," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin funeralia "funeral rites," originally neuter plural of Late Latin funeralis "having to do with a funeral," from Latin funus (genitive funeris) "funeral, funeral procession, burial rites; death, corpse," a word of uncertain origin, perhaps ultimately from PIE root *dheu- (3) "to die." Singular and plural used interchangeably in English until c.1700. In Elizabethan times also a verb, "to mourn" (transitive). The classical Latin adjective was funebris.


a. Related to a ceremony in honor of a deceased person. n. 1 A ceremony to honour and remember a deceased person. Often distinguished from a memorial service by the presence of the body of the deceased. 2 (context dated chiefly in the plural English) A funeral sermon.


n. a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"


A funeral is a ceremony connected with the burial (or cremation, etc.) of the body of a dead person, or the burial (or equivalent) with the attendant observances. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember and respect the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor. Customs vary widely both between cultures and between religious groups and denominations within cultures. Common secular motivations for funerals include mourning the deceased, celebrating their life, and offering support and sympathy to the bereaved. Additionally, funerals often have religious aspects which are intended to help the soul of the deceased reach the afterlife, resurrection or reincarnation.

The funeral usually includes a ritual through which the corpse of the deceased is given up. Depending on culture and religion, these can involve either the destruction of the body (for example, by cremation or sky burial) or its preservation (for example, by mummification or interment). Differing beliefs about cleanliness and the relationship between body and soul are reflected in funerary practices. When a funerary ceremony is performed but the body of the deceased is not available, it is usually called a memorial service.

The word funeral comes from the Latin funus, which had a variety of meanings, including the corpse and the funerary rites themselves. Funerary art is art produced in connection with burials, including many kinds of tombs, and objects specially made for burial with a corpse.

Funeral (band)

Funeral are a Norwegian funeral doom band formed in 1991 by Thomas Angell and Anders Eek; soon afterward, Einar Frederiksen joined as bassist and songwriter and Christian Loos joined as guitarist. They are known as one of the pioneers of the funeral doom genre.

Funeral (disambiguation)

A funeral is a ceremony marking a person's death.

Funeral may also refer to:

Funeral (album)

Funeral is the debut studio album by the Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 in North America by Merge Records and on February 28, 2005 in Europe by Rough Trade Records. It was given its title because several band members had recently lost members of their families: Régine Chassagne's grandmother died in June 2003, Win and William Butler's grandfather (swing musician Alvino Rey) in February 2004, and Richard Reed Parry's aunt in April 2004.

Preliminary recordings for Funeral were made during the course of a week in August 2003 at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec, and the recording was completed later that year all in an analogue recording format.

The album produced five singles. The most successful, " Rebellion (Lies)", peaked at #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album. It received wide critical acclaim and topped many year-end and decade-end lists. According to the website Metacritic, the album had the second most appearances on end-of-decade Top 10 lists, only behind Radiohead's Kid A. In the updated version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was ranked at #151.

Funeral (Glee)

"Funeral" is the twenty-first episode of the second season of the American musical television series Glee, and the forty-third overall. It first aired May 17, 2011 on Fox in the United States, and was written by series creator Ryan Murphy and directed by Bradley Buecker. The episode featured Jonathan Groff guest starring as Jesse St. James, who is brought in as a consultant to help the New Directions glee club prepare for the National Show Choir competition. Sue Sylvester's ( Jane Lynch) sister Jean (Robin Trocki) dies unexpectedly, and the glee club helps Sue plan her funeral.

The episode received a wide range of reviews, from highly enthusiastic to harshly critical. The performances of the five songs covered were generally well-liked, though having four of them arranged as a series of auditions in the middle of the show met with disapproval. All five songs were released as singles, and three of them charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

Upon its initial airing, this episode was viewed by 8.97 million American viewers and garnered a 3.6/10 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic. The total viewership and ratings for this episode were down slightly from the previous episode, " Prom Queen". Lynch was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on the show, and submitted this episode for judging.

Usage examples of "funeral".

They reminded her of funerals, forgotten birthdays, and absentia apologies from loved ones.

We had, reluctantly, allowed him to go there some months previously for the funeral, and in this amnesic state he returned there.

There, too, standing near to her were the Khania Atene and her uncle the old Shaman, who looked but ill at ease, and lastly, stretched upon his funeral couch, the fiery light beating upon his stark form and face, lay the dead Khan, Rassen.

He directed the cavalcade of cars and large autobuses while birds chirped merrily in the trees on that sunny afternoon, but the birdsong was the only merriment as perfectly groomed men and women in muted mourning colors filed past him for the funeral of Madam C.

Bele then spoke again to his sons, and bade them erect his howe, or funeral mound, within sight of that of Thorsten, that their spirits might commune, and not be sundered even in death.

Dobby had been killed by Ludo Bagman, the house elves of Hogwarts held their version of a funeral for him, as was the custom.

CHAPTER III--A DIRGIE In the course of the summer following the baptism, of which I have rehearsed the particulars in the foregoing chapter, Bailie Mucklehose happened to die, and as he was a man long and well respected, he had a great funeral.

Without consulting the dictates of religious zeal, he was prompted, by humanity and gratitude, to bestow the last honors on the remains of his deceased sovereign: and Procopius, who sincerely bewailed the loss of his kinsman, was removed from the command of the army, under the decent pretence of conducting the funeral.

His body now lay motionless in the Bollman Funeral Home, awaiting a postmortem exam that might answer some of the many questions about his death.

His wife had died a few years ago, and the daughter who had told Bowles about Levenbrook had said the funeral had been the first time any of the rest of the family had gone to Tycho Crater.

It is considered that the cayote, and the obscene bird, and the Indian of the desert, testify their blood kinship with each other in that they live together in the waste places of the earth on terms of perfect confidence and friendship, while hating all other creature and yearning to assist at their funerals.

A splendid funeral procession was prepared for Drusus, in which the statues of Attus Clausus, the Sabine chief, the founder of the Claudian Gens, and of AEneas, and the Alban kings, were carried side by side, thus recalling the memories of the early regal dynasty, as well as of the severe founders of the Republic.

And Coode was the sort of fellow who took off his hat when he met a funeral.

Quite right--of course--and proper, but Coode would do it with too much nobility, or as though it was the one and only funeral he had ever met.

Poor Coode stood nobly off the path for her as though he were letting a funeral pass.