A funeral is a ceremony to bury or cremate the dead. If you go to a funeral, wear black and try not to seem like you're having fun.

Funeral comes from the Latin root f┼źnus, for "dead body," and so a funeral is the ritual that surrounds taking care of a dead body. Depending on the dead person's beliefs, there will often be a representative of a religion there to honor them in a traditional way. Sometimes we use funeral for dead things other than dead people. If you just gave a really bad party, you could call it a funeral for your social life.

Definitions of funeral

n a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated

“hundreds of people attended his funeral
burial, entombment, inhumation, interment, sepulture
the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave
sky burial
a traditional Tibetan funeral ritual in which the corpse is exposed to the open air to be eaten by sacred vultures
Type of:
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
a formal event performed on a special occasion

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