Meaning of funeral biscuit in English:

funeral biscuit


historical British
  • A biscuit served at a wake or funeral.

    Funeral biscuits were typically sponge fingers or shortbread flavoured with caraway and stamped with a design. They were often wrapped in paper with a black seal and distributed to mourners or sent to those who had been unable to attend the funeral.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Gentleman's Magazine.