Meaning of funerary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfjuːn(ə)(rə)ri/


  • Relating to a funeral or the commemoration of the dead.

    ‘funerary ceremonies’
    • ‘Ramesses claimed the victory from this drawn fight, celebrated in monumental funerary temple reliefs still visible at Thebes on the Nile.’
    • ‘In the next scene, Hsiao Kang sits in the back of a car with the funerary urn containing his dead father's ashes balanced on his knee.’
    • ‘This was a remarkable find, since little was known in those days about Old or Middle Kingdom temples apart from funerary monuments attached to royal burials.’
    • ‘His body lies beneath the vast funerary monument shaped by Jacob Epstein, but not even its megalithic weight can keep the spirit of Oscar Wilde earthbound.’
    • ‘This is one of the best known funerary monuments in the century.’
    • ‘Most people in Thailand are cremated after three to seven days of funerary ceremonies and their ashes kept in a jar at temples.’
    • ‘He has suggested the entire complex was a funerary monument.’
    • ‘Certain of his objects could almost be funerary monuments.’
    • ‘For example, while acknowledging that Whitney wants us to worship religious monuments and funerary traditions, we may wonder which Church he is referring to.’
    • ‘However, in 1614 the States General commissioned him to design the funerary monument for William the Silent in the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft.’
    • ‘Although a handful of imported marble sarcophagi and a number of sculpted stelai are known, the cippus was the funerary monument of choice for the middle classes.’
    • ‘First, Eurysaces' declaration may have functioned as a means of protecting his funerary monument.’
    • ‘There is always some light in his landscape of funerary monuments and beautiful, deadly vegetation.’
    • ‘Composed altogether of nine such scenes, the poem serves as a funerary monument.’
    • ‘Also excavated was a contemporary stone building perhaps occupied by those taking part in funerary ceremonies.’
    • ‘The qubba is the dome of a funerary monument for a famous person.’
    • ‘Arelate had a cemetery that compared favourably in the quality of its funerary monuments with the Appian Way.’
    • ‘Overall it is an extremely rich concentration of late Neolithic and Bronze Age funerary monuments.’
    • ‘The tree stump was hauled from the place of its growth to a funerary monument in a saltmarsh, and turned upside down.’
    • ‘In fact, the hands of husband and wife were often linked in English funerary monuments.’
    commemorative, memorial, celebratory, commemorating, funerary


Late 17th century from late Latin funerarius, from funus, funer- ‘funeral’.