[ ber-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF buried


Would you not like to be buried with regal honour, in your native Clazomenæ?

To avoid that, if there were no other way, I would most willingly be buried alive.

As he spoke, George fell into a chair, and buried his face in his hands.

Hester threw herself on her knees, and buried her face in her mother's lap.

In the fifth act King Henry takes on the voice and nature of buried Hotspur.

At any rate, the fact is that she was not buried with him, but apart from him; he had seen to that.

His grave was never opened, though his wife expressed a desire to be buried with him.

With my tomahawk I cut a mark in that chestnut yonder and buried my weapon at the foot of it.

So instead of burning them, we buried them, that is, the bones.

The dead man, they said, had desired to be buried across the frontier.


Old English byrgan "to raise a mound, hide, bury, inter," akin to beorgan "to shelter," from Proto-Germanic *burzjan- "protection, shelter" (cf. Old Saxon bergan, Dutch bergen, Old Norse bjarga, Swedish berga, Old High German bergan "protect, shelter, conceal," German bergen, Gothic bairgan "to save, preserve"), from PIE root *bhergh- "protect, preserve" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brego "I preserve, guard"). Related: Buried; burying. Burying-ground "cemetery" attested from 1711.

The Old English -y- was a short "oo" sound, like modern French -u-. Under normal circumstances it transformed into Modern English -i- (e.g. bridge, kiss, listen, sister), but in bury and a few other words (e.g. merry, knell) it retained a Kentish change to "e" that took place in the late Old English period. In the West Midlands, meanwhile, the Old English -y- sound persisted, slightly modified over time, giving the standard modern pronunciation of blush, much, church.


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