Meaning of “funeral” in the English Dictionary

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"funeral" in British English

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funeralnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfjuː.nər.əl/ us /ˈfjuː.nɚ.əl/

B2 a (usually religious) ceremony for burying or burning the body of a dead person:

The funeral will be held next Friday.
Over 300 mourners attended the funeral.
a funeral procession

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  • She looked remarkably composed throughout the funeral.
  • A large black hearse led the funeral procession.
  • Over two hundred people attended the funeral.
  • I went along to the funeral in order to offer my sympathies.
  • In many countries, it is a convention to wear black at funerals.

(Definition of “funeral” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"funeral" in American English

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funeralnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfju·nər·əl/

a ceremony honoring someone who has recently died, which happens before burying or burning the body

(Definition of “funeral” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)