(redirected from Burials)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to Burials: sky burials


The act or process of burying.

[Middle English buriel, back-formation from buriels (taken as pl.), from Old English byrgels; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

bur′i·al adj.


the act of burying, esp the interment of a dead body
[Old English byrgels burial place, tomb; see bury, -al2]


(ˈbɛr i əl)

1. the act or ceremony of burying.
2. the place of burying; grave.
[1200–50; Middle English buriel, back formation from Old English byrgels burial place =byrg(an) to bury + -els n. suffix; compare riddle1]


See also corpses; death

the cloth or clothing in which the dead are wrapped for burial or other form of funeral.
a vault where the remains of cremated bodies are kept, usually in one of a number of recesses in a wall.
1. a funeral procession or cortege.
2. funeral rites or ceremony.
a burial in an urn.
a cemetery, especially one attached to an ancient city.
a funeral or funeral ceremony. Sometimes obsequy.
Obsolete, burial or interment.
the study of funeral shrouds.
an abnormal fear of being buried alive.
a love for funerals.



Davy Jones’s locker A watery grave; the bottom of the ocean, especially as the grave of those who die at sea. In nautical slang, Davy Jones is the spirit of the sea, the sailor’s devil. Of the many conjectures as to the derivation of this expression, the most plausible include theories such as: Jones is a corruption of Jonah; Davy is derived from duppy a ghost or spirit among West Indian Negroes; and locker is a seaman’s chest. While the phrase Davy Jones’s locker has been in use only since 1803, the term Davy Jones dates from 1751.

God’s acre A churchyard, a cemetery. Although Longfellow called this phrase “an ancient Saxon phrase,” others claim that it is a more modern borrowing from the German Gottesacker.

The Greeks call their Church-yards dormitories, sleeping-places. The Germans call them Godsacre. (John Trapp, Annotations upon the Old and New Testament, 1646)

According to OED citations, the phrase has been in print since the early 17th century.

hic jacet A tombstone or gravemarker; specifically, the inscription on such a tablet, from the Latin hic jacet ‘here lies,’ a common introduction to a gravestone epitaph.

Among the knightly brasses of the graves,

And by the cold Hic Jacets of the dead.

(Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Merlin and Vivien, 1859)

marble orchard A graveyard or necropolis; also, bone orchard. This American slang expression is clearly derived from the multitudinous stone tablets in cemeteries.

A couple more punches and it would have been the marble orchard for him. (B. Broadfoot, Ten Lost Years, 1973)

put to bed with a shovel See DRUNKENNESS.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.burial - the ritual placing of a corpse in a graveburial - the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave
funeral - a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"
2.burial - concealing something under the groundburial - concealing something under the ground
concealing, hiding, concealment - the activity of keeping something secret
reburial, reburying - the act of burying again


noun funeral, interment, burying, obsequies, entombment, inhumation, exequies, sepulture He can have a decent burial.
Related words
fear taphephobia


An act of placing a body in a grave or tomb:
jarîarför, greftrun


A. Nentierro m
I like the idea of burial at seame gusta la idea de que mi cadáver sea arrojado al mar
B. CPD burial ground Ncementerio m, camposanto m, panteón m (LAm)
burial mound Ntúmulo m
burial place Nlugar m de sepultura
burial service Nfunerales mpl
burial vault Npanteón m familiar, cripta f


[ˈbɛriəl] n
(= interment) → enterrement m
(= ceremony) → funérailles fplburial ground ncimetière mburial mound ntumulus m


nBeerdigung f, → Bestattung f; (= burial ceremony also)Begräbnis nt; (in cemetery also) → Beisetzung f (form); Christian burialchristliches Begräbnis; burial at seaSeebestattung f


burial chamber
nGrabkammer f
burial ground
nBegräbnisstätte f
burial mound
nGrabhügel m
burial object
n (Archeol) → Grabbeigabe f
burial place
nGrabstätte f
burial service
nTrauerfeier f


[ˈbərɪəl] nsepoltura, seppellimento


(ˈberi) verb
1. to place (a dead body) in a grave, the sea etc.
2. to hide (under the ground etc). My socks are buried somewhere in this drawer.
ˈburial noun
(an instance of) burying (a dead body) in a grave etc. my grandfather's burial: (also adjective) a burial service.
bury the hatchet
to stop quarrelling. Let's bury the hatchet and be friends.
References in classic literature ?
Leonard's, Shoreditch, contains Christian names which appear to have been chosen with reference to the heroines of Shakespeare; and the record of burials bears the name of many an old actor of mark whose remains now lie within the churchyard."
And so the field became the first burial ground in Boston.
THE LARK (according to an ancient legend) was created before the earth itself, and when her father died, as there was no earth, she could find no place of burial for him.
A DOG that had seen a Physician attending the burial of a wealthy patient, said: "When do you expect to dig it up?"
Bit hardly had day begun to show itself through the balconies of the east, when five of the six goatherds came to rouse Don Quixote and tell him that if he was still of a mind to go and see the famous burial of Chrysostom they would bear him company.
"Do you know what becomes of the aged poor who have no money for burial? They are not buried.
804: Some read: `Thus they performed the burial of Hector.
let the burial rite be read - the funeral song be sung!
From Theseus Oedipus craves protection in life and burial in Attic soil; the benefits that will accrue shall be told later.
-- Oh, thou dark Hindoo half of nature, who of drowned bones hast builded thy separate throne somewhere in the heart of these unverdured seas; thou art an infidel, thou queen, and too truly speakest to me in the wide-slaughtering Typhoon, and the hushed burial of its after calm.
"Then we'll drop him over without any palavering, unless our clerical-looking castaway has the burial service at sea by heart."
"The entrance to the cavern that leads to the burial place of the dead, and the city that is dead also.