a. A ceremony or group of ceremonies held in connection with the burial or cremation of a dead person.
b. Archaic The eulogy delivered or the sermon preached at such a ceremony.
2. The burial procession accompanying a body to the grave.
3. An end or a cessation of existence.
4. Slang A source of concern or care: If he doesn't meet the deadline, it's his funeral.
Of, relating to, or resembling a funeral.
[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; see dheuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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