noun ep·i·taph \ˈe-pə-ˌtaf\

: something written or said in memory of a dead person; especially : words written on a gravestone

Full Definition of EPITAPH

:  an inscription on or at a tomb or a grave in memory of the one buried there
:  a brief statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person or something past
ep·i·taph·ial \ˌe-pə-ˈta-fē-əl\ adjective
ep·i·taph·ic \-ˈta-fik\ adjective

Examples of EPITAPH

  1. The epitaph reads In loving memory of John Gray: husband, father, soldier.

Origin of EPITAPH

Middle English epitaphe, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin epitaphium, from Latin, funeral oration, from Greek epitaphion, from epi- + taphos tomb, funeral
First Known Use: 14th century
EPITAPH Defined for Kids


noun ep·i·taph \ˈe-pə-ˌtaf\

Definition of EPITAPH for Kids

:  a brief statement on a tombstone in memory of a dead person


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