Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or suitable for a funeral or burial.

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  • adj. Of or relating to a funeral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of or pertaining to a funeral or to burial of human remains.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to a funeral or burial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or for or relating to a funeral

Etymologies

Latin fūnerārius, from fūnus, fūner-, funeral.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The tomb itself, as already stated, is known in funerary texts as the "House of the Ka"; and as each king on his accession began immediately to build his pyramid or excavate his rock-cut sepulchre, it followed that he was as much interested in providing for the future accommodation of his Ka as in providing for the future accommodation of his mummy.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • By arranging a selection of one 40 by 40-inch canvas plucked from each series — a Shot Orange Marilyn, a Liz, and a Red Jackie — on the wall of his bedroom at home in the expensive, “five-towns” suburb of Lawrence, Long Island, the collector Leon Kraushar not only compounded the allure of each subject, but by forming a kind of funerary polyptych for the sleek modern boudoir, surely also heightened the varying degrees of frank sexuality Andy applied to the eyes and lips of all three.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • I dunno, death seems to have a lot of commerce driving it (private armies, the “war machine”, etc.) and a lot of commerce associated with it (funerary businesses, etc.).

    Sell something wonderful.

  • It was a major blow for the Penn Museum and scholars such as University of Pennsylvania professor Victor Mair, who has for decades been studying these mummies and the astounding collection of textiles, funerary objects, domestic articles, jewelry and religious pieces found in a region that became crucial to the Silk Road.

    Following controversy, mummies at Penn Museum remain objects of mystery

  • There is gold everywhere, testimony to the extraordinary workmanship of Macedonia's artisans: regal wreaths, intricate bracelets and earrings, bronze helmets framing gold funerary face masks, including one with an astonishing crooked smile circa 520 B.C.

    Macedonia's Golden Artistry

  • On each of the rectangular sides were two long shelves stacked with urns and funerary boxes.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • Within the rubble and vines and leaves were human bones and funerary pieces left to the elements.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • I looked around the small space, noticing that the older funerary boxes were cracked and rotting, bones peeking through.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • However, as early as 1614 there is a red heel clearly visible in the funerary monument to Sir John and Lady Doddridge in Exeter Cathedral.

    Scarlet Heels

  • And it is through funerary customs that anthropologists can chart when civilization began.

    Bog People and Mummies « Colleen Anderson

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  • "Langdon thought for a moment, trying to get his bearings. He surveyed the circumference of the room. Tombs. Altars. Pillars. Niches. He motioned to a particularly ornate funerary across the dome and to the left. 'I think that's Raphael's over there.'"
    - 'Angels and Demons', Dan Brown.

    February 28, 2008