Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a funeral.
  • adjective Appropriate for or suggestive of a funeral; mournful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characteristic of or suitable for a funeral; hence, mournful; dismal; lugubrious; gloomy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Suiting a funeral; pertaining to burial; solemn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to a funeral.
  • adjective Similar to a funeral, such as dignified or solemn.

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

  • adjective suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial

Etymologies

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

[From Latin fūnereus, from fūnus, fūner-, funeral; see funeral.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin funereus +‎ -al.

Examples

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  • This word sounds a million times better than funeral

    January 6, 2007

  • I wonder if you could rhyme this with Israel in poetry...

    January 6, 2007

  • The time of towns is tolled from the world by funereal chimes, but in nature the universal hours are counted by succeeding tribes of animals and plants, and by growth of joy on joy.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet"

    August 25, 2011