Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FUNERAL, n. In Sc. combs.: ‡1. funeral letter, an invitation by letter to a funeral (Ork., Inv., ne.Sc., Ags., Fif., m.Lth., Arg., Wgt., Kcb. 1953); 2. funeral tea, a particularly good high tea, such as is often given to mourners at a funeral (Ayr. 1952). 1. Ags. 1866  D. Mitchell Hist. Montrose Advts. 6:
Funeral Letters, and Book Work of every description, tastefully and expeditiously executed, at Moderate Prices.
Kcb. 1899  Crockett Kit Kennedy xxvii.:
In the corner he found a “funeral letter.”
Bwk. 1911  Hist. Bwk. Nat. Club XXI. 230:
The function of the latter [mort-bell] is now to some extent discharged by funeral letters.

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"Funeral n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jun 2019 <>



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