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NOUN (1)

1. a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated;
- Example: "hundreds of people attended his funeral"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Funeral \Fu"ner*al\ (f[=u]"n[~e]r*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 plural. [1913 Webster] King James his funerals were performed very solemnly in the collegiate church at Westminster. --Euller. [1913 Webster] 2. The procession attending the burial of the dead; the show and accompaniments of an interment. "The long funerals." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. A funeral sermon; -- usually in the plural. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Mr. Giles Lawrence preached his funerals. --South. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Funeral \Fu"ner*al\, a. [LL. funeralis. See Funeral, n.] Pertaining to a funeral; used at the interment of the dead; as, funeral rites, honors, or ceremonies. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Funeral pile or Funeral pyre, 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

funeral n 1: a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

54 Moby Thesaurus words for "funeral": burial, burial at sea, burying, caravan, cavalcade, cinerary, column, cortege, cremation, dead march, deep six, dirge, dirgelike, dismal, dress parade, entombment, epitaphic, exequial, exequies, feral, flyover, funebrial, funebrious, funebrous, funeral procession, funerary, funereal, inhumation, interment, last post, line, march past, mortuary, motorcade, mournful, muffled drum, mule train, necrological, obituary, obsequial, obsequies, pack train, parade, pomp, procession, promenade, review, sepulchral, sepulture, skimmington, stream, string, taps, train
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Funeral 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).
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

FUNERAL, n. A pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker, and strengthen our grief by an expenditure that deepens our groans and doubles our tears. The savage dies -- they sacrifice a horse To bear to happy hunting-grounds the corse. Our friends expire -- we make the money fly In hope their souls will chase it to the sky. Jex Wopley