Definition of deathday

: the day of a person's death or its anniversary

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First Known Use of deathday

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deathday

Middle English deethday, from Old English dēathdæg, from dēath death + dǣg day

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“Deathday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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