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the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies.
a funeral procession.
of or relating to a funeral:
funeral services; funeral expenses.
be someone’s funeral, Informal. to have unpleasant consequences for someone:
If you don’t finish the work on time, it will be your funeral!
Contemporary Examples

Another result was a line of TV news trucks and a scrum of photographers outside the funeral as the church filled to overflowing.
The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops Michael Daly July 23, 2014

The police will be taking every precaution to make the funeral tomorrow and the London Marathon go ahead.
London Marathon on High Alert Jamie Dettmer April 16, 2013

Netanyahu promised retaliation in his speech to mourners at the funeral for the three.
The Seeds of the Next Intifada Jesse Rosenfeld July 6, 2014

Both men were dressed like funeral directors, in dark suits, white shirts, and somber ties.
For President Obama, a Cautious, Sober Night of Comedy Lloyd Grove October 18, 2012

Prince Charles is representing the Queen at Mandela’s funeral on Sunday.
How Nelson Mandela Called The Queen ‘Elizabeth’ And Commented On Her Weight Tom Sykes December 9, 2013

Historical Examples

And Rupert said he would like to go to the funeral, if he may.
Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young

Renny, give me that revolver, and I’ll show you more fun than a funeral.
In the Midst of Alarms Robert Barr

There will be the funeral and we shall have to take in some of the folks, I know.
A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas

Knock at the door, whence the sable line of the funeral is next to issue!
Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne

III.86 the order of his funeral: the course of the funeral ceremonies.
The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar William Shakespeare


a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
(as modifier): a funeral service

a procession of people escorting a corpse to burial
(informal) worry; concern; affair: that’s your funeral

mid-15c., from Middle French funérailles (plural) “funeral rites” (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,” origin unknown, perhaps ultimately from PIE root *dheu- (3) “to die.” Singular and plural used interchangeably in English until c.1700.

Burying was among the Jews the only mode of disposing of corpses (Gen. 23:19; 25:9; 35:8, 9, etc.). The first traces of burning the dead are found in 1 Sam. 31:12. The burning of the body was affixed by the law of Moses as a penalty to certain crimes (Lev. 20:14; 21:9). To leave the dead unburied was regarded with horror (1 Kings 13:22; 14:11; 16:4; 21:24, etc.). In the earliest times of which we have record kinsmen carried their dead to the grave (Gen. 25:9; 35:29; Judg. 16:31), but in later times this was done by others (Amos 6:16). Immediately after decease the body was washed, and then wrapped in a large cloth (Acts 9:37; Matt. 27:59; Mark 15:46). In the case of persons of distinction, aromatics were laid on the folds of the cloth (John 19:39; comp. John 12:7). As a rule the burial (q.v.) took place on the very day of the death (Acts 5:6, 10), and the body was removed to the grave in an open coffin or on a bier (Luke 7:14). After the burial a funeral meal was usually given (2 Sam. 3:35; Jer. 16:5, 7; Hos. 9:4).

see: it’s your funeral


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