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[in-tur] /ɪnˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), interred, interring.
to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
Obsolete. to put into the earth.
Origin of inter
1275-1325; Middle English enteren < Middle French enterrer, probably < Vulgar Latin *interrāre, derivative of terra earth; see in-2
Related forms
reinter, verb (used with object), reinterred, reinterring.
uninterred, adjective
Can be confused
enter, inter. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interred
  • The body was interred temporarily in the cemetery of the post.
  • Experts think the tomb belonged to a family and that the four coffins might have been interred together.
  • In any event, the long-lost sailors will likely be interred with honors in a military cemetery.
  • Nearly all the figures were apparently already broken at the time they were interred in a single deep pit.
  • When they were interred here, they must have appeared as symbols of purity amongst the decay.
  • Much of our knowledge of prehistory comes from artifacts interred at ritual burial sites.
  • The new dating evidence indicates that these chosen few must have been interred over centuries.
  • Dual status veteran couples have the option to be interred together or side-by-side.
  • Veterans who are interred at the cemetery receive perpetual care of their lot, a marker, and funeral honors free of charge.
  • Subsequently, his family wished to have him interred in his native state.
British Dictionary definitions for interred


verb -ters, -terring, -terred
(transitive) to place (a body) in the earth; bury, esp with funeral rites
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enterrer, from Latin in-² + terra earth
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Word Origin and History for interred



c.1300, from Old French enterer (11c.), from Medieval Latin interrare "put in the earth, bury," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + terra "earth" (see terrain). Related: Interred; interring.

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