noun \ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē, ō-, -ˈbi-chə-rē\

: an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently

plural obit·u·ar·ies

Full Definition of OBITUARY

:  a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account
obit·u·ar·ist \-ˈbi-chə-ˌwər-ist, -ˈbi-chə-rist\ noun
obituary adjective

Examples of OBITUARY

  1. I read her obituary in the newspaper.
  2. <several obituaries for Herman Melville portrayed him as an obscure, largely forgotten author>

Origin of OBITUARY

Medieval Latin obituarium, from Latin obitus death
First Known Use: 1703


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