Definition of obituary
: a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account
obituaristplay \ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwər-ist, -ˈbi-chə-rist, ō-\ noun
Examples of obituary in a Sentence
I read her obituary in the newspaper.
several obituaries for Herman Melville portrayed him as an obscure, largely forgotten author
Recent Examples of obituary from the Web
Rather than write the restaurant’s obituary, the former longtime manager leased a new place, hired the same staff, including the cook, and teamed with the previous owner to keep the restaurant’s name — if not the location — a Miami classic.
Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
According to his obituary, Hower was active in the Central Auto Racing Boosters and was the first driver inducted into the group’s hall of fame.
For those same reasons, Rich’s friends and coworkers who shared their thoughts with me — or who expressed them on an online memorial page, or in an obituary — were granted anonymity.
An obituary on Thursday about the opera singer Barbara Smith Conrad misstated the relationship between Ms. Conrad and Bettye Neal, who confirmed her death.
The speech was so memorable that the New York Times cited it in Burlingame’s 1870 obituary.
Working to get the grave markers required long and tedious research, combing through obituaries, newspaper articles, and military and cemetery records to find the names of soldiers who had died.
People were writing the company’s corporate obituary.
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Origin and Etymology of obituary
Medieval Latin obituarium, from Latin obitus death
First Known Use: 1703
OBITUARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obituary for English Language Learners
: an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently
OBITUARY Defined for Kids
Definition of obituary for Students
: a notice of a person's death (as in a newspaper)
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