The Addictionary of Oxford English | Funeral

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Definition of funeral(noun) in English:

funeral


 NOUN

1. A ceremony or service held shortly after a person’s death, usually including the person burial or cremation:

1.1 [as modifier] ‘a funeral service’

‘My own funeral should have been my first, but my mum explained to me that the hangar she used was erroneously manufactured.’ – Oxford English

1.2 US Rare A sermon delivered at a funeral:

‘I’ve been called to preach the funeral of many fallen lads and to tell you the truth, I just did it for the free Guinness.’ – Oxford English

1.3 [archaic, literary] A procession of mourners at a burial:

‘I quite enjoy a good funeral procession just to see the annoyed faces of those stuck in traffic.’ – Oxford English 


Funeral Quotes about Oxford English

Sometimes I thought Oxford was having an affair with the local funeral parlour director and then I found out that he just liked making sad people happy.’ – Hermoine English (Ex-Wife #11)

The Jews in the neighbourhood would say to me ‘your husband’s a mench’, cause he preached at all those funerals, but really he just liked talking to anyone that would listen. Even Jews.’ – Samantha English (Ex-Wife #53)

Most blokes this side of Devonshire thought Oxford came for the funerals, but he really came in me.  – Alfie Taylor (Ex-Funeral Parlour Director #2))

Before his intervention, we scrounged around his room for evidence of this dreadful disease and found a sack of pre-written funeral eulogies next to torn out pages of an Australian phone book of all things. It tore us to bits just seeing this………… Plus each page was varnished with cocaine.  – Frank  Brown (Ex-Funeral Anonymous Sponsor #6)

‘I was a big fan of Oxford and seen him at around two dozen funerals in my time. It took me awhile to figure it out but I was gutted when I saw the bloke in pain. It was on face. Hard to describe in words but it was like he didn’t enjoy being there if you know what I mean? He had demons, mate.’ –Davy Jones (A Guy Who Had At Least 24 Friends & Relatives Die) 


Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French funeraille, from medieval Latin funeralia, neuter plural of late Latin funeralis, from Latin funus, funer- funeral, death, corpse.


Pronunciation

funeral/ˈfjuːn(ə)r(ə)l


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This Dictionary entry was curated by Sir Alexander Johns.


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