ne·​crol·​o·​gy nə-ˈkrä-lə-jē How to pronounce necrology (audio)
plural necrologies
: a list of the recently dead
necrological adjective
necrologist noun

Examples of necrology in a Sentence

the club's founder recently died, and this month's newsletter includes a lengthy necrology
Recent Examples on the Web According to the foundation's necrology database, 4,415 men died that day, including 2,502 Americans. Melissa Gaffney, ABC News, 6 June 2023 My complaint about the necrology was the same as always: mute the crowd noise. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2023

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Word History


earlier, "register of ecclesiastical deaths, death roll," borrowed from New Latin necrologium, from necro- necro- + -logium (as in Medieval Latin eulogium eulogy)

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of necrology was in 1799

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Cite this Entry

“Necrology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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