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

  • transitive v. To place in a grave or tomb; bury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bury in a grave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deposit and cover in the earth; to bury; to inhume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place in the earth and cover with it.
  • Specifically To bury; inhume; place in a grave, or, by extension, in a tomb of any kind.
  • A Latin preposition meaning ‘between’ or ‘among,’ used in some Latin phrases occurring in English books, as in inter nos (between or among ourselves), inter arma silent leges (laws are silent among arms—that is, in time of war), etc., and very common as a prefix. See inter-.
  • A Middle English form of enter.
  • A common prefix meaning ‘between’ or ‘among’ or ‘during,’ occurring in many English words taken from the Latin, either directly or through Middle English and Old French or French forms (being then in Middle English also enter-, and so retained in some modern forms: see enter-), or formed in English on the Latin model.

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

  • v. place in a grave or tomb


Middle English enteren, from Old French enterrer, from Medieval Latin interrāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French enterrer, from Vulgar Latin "in + terrare". Cognates include Spanish/Portuguese/Galician/Catalan enterrar (to inter), (to bury), Italian interrare (to plant), (to dig in). (Wiktionary)



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