Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

obsequy

play
noun ob·se·quy \ˈäb-sə-kwē\

Definition of obsequy

plural

obsequies

  1. :  a funeral or burial rite —usually used in plural



Examples of obsequy in a sentence

  1. <the murder victim's father was the chief mourner at the obsequies>



Origin and Etymology of obsequy

Middle English obsequie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin obsequiae (plural), alteration of Latin exsequiae, from exsequi to follow out, execute — more at execution


First Known Use: 15th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up obsequy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to destroy or remove completely

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

estival brumal vernal hiemal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ