ō-ˈbit How to pronounce obit (audio) ˈō-bət How to pronounce obit (audio)
 especially British  ˈä-bit

Examples of obit in a Sentence

she reads the obits as soon as she gets her morning paper
Recent Examples on the Web That is the heading over an obit in the New York Times by Clay Risen. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 20 Sep. 2023 That is the headline over an obit by Andrey Henkin in the New York Times. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 15 Sep. 2023 Along with his father, Garcia opened a grocery store in Hyde Park, according to the obit. Marcela García,, 12 Sep. 2023 Cameron loved fishing, golfing, playing baseball, swimming, going to Cedar Point and being outdoors, his obit further says. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2023 For the New York Times, Alex Williams has written an obit of Ales Pushkin, a dissident artist, who has died in prison at 57. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 28 July 2023 Have a little of his obit, in the New York Times: Hans Feigenbaum was born in Berlin on July 14, 1937. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 18 July 2023 Viral obits:Texas woman's viral obituary pays hilarious, heartfelt tribute to 'plus-sized Jewish lady redneck' 'Just talk about your dad' Rocky wrote his father's obituary shortly after arriving in Kentucky. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 22 June 2023 For that obit, by Joseph Berger in the New York Times, go here. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'obit.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


in part short for obituary, in part continuing Middle English obit "death, record of a death date, religious service marking a death anniversary," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin obitus, going back to Latin, "approach, encounter, death, setting of a heavenly body," from obi-, stem of obīre "to meet with, visit, meet one's death, die" (from ob- "toward, facing" + īre "to go") + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at ob-, issue entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of obit was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near obit

Cite this Entry

“Obit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!