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Meaning of FUNERAL

Pronunciation:  'fyoonurul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"

FUNERAL is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: burial, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, entombment, inhumation, interment, observance, sepulture



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fu"ner*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
             King James his funerals were performed very solemnly
             in the collegiate church at Westminster. --Euller.
    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. --South.
  2. \Fu"ner*al\, a. [LL. funeralis. See {Funeral}, n.]
    Per. taining to a funeral; used at the interment of the dead;
    as, funeral rites, honors, or ceremonies. --Shak.
    {Funeral pile}, 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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of your own funeral, symbolizes an ending to a situation or aspect of yourself. You may be repressing some of your feelings or parts of yourself and the dream may be a signal for you to recognize and acknowledge those feelings. Instead of confronting a situation, you are dealing with it by burying it and trying to forget about it. If you are nearing death, a funeral dream may relate to your feelings/anxieties about your own death. Dreaming that you are at somebody else's funeral means that you are burying an old relationship and closing the lid on the past. You may be letting go some of the feelings (resentment, anger, hostility toward someone) that you've been clinging onto. Dreaming that you are attending a funeral for a still-living parent, suggests that you need to separate yourself from your parent's restrictions and confines. The symbolic death may give you the courage you need to take the next step toward your independence and autonomy. Dreaming that you are at the funeral of an unknown person, suggests that something in your life is supposed to put to rest or put aside so that you can make room for something new. You need to investigate further what aspect or component of your life you need to let go.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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).

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