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epitaph

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noun ep·i·taph \ˈe-pə-ˌtaf\

Simple Definition of epitaph

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

Full Definition of epitaph

  1. 1 :  an inscription on or at a tomb or a grave in memory of the one buried there

  2. 2 :  a brief statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person or something past

ep·i·taph·ial play \ˌe-pə-ˈta-fē-əl\ adjective
ep·i·taph·ic play \-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

epitaph

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noun ep·i·taph \ˈe-pə-ˌtaf\

Definition of epitaph

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





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