obit·​u·​ary | \ ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce obituary (audio) , ō-, -ˈbi-chə-rē \
plural obituaries

Definition of obituary

: a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account

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obituarist \ ə-​ˈbi-​chə-​ˌwər-​ist How to pronounce obituary (audio) , -​ˈbi-​chə-​rist , ō-​ \ noun
obituary adjective

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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 on the Web Moya was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Puerto Rico before making a home in New Jersey, his obituary said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 13 June 2021 His obituary on the funeral page said Smith loved to spend time with friends and family, including his two daughters and son. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 12 June 2021 His obituary on the Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Center website said Michael attended All Saints grade school. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, 26 Sep. 2020 Bobby Ray Duckworth, 26, had a big family and his relatives all loved him very much, his obituary said. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2020 The Phenix City native is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, her obituary said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 30 May 2021 Dalgliesh was a lifelong Northborough resident and talented artist, said his obituary posted to the website of Hays Funeral Home., 25 Mar. 2021 Stanley Levy was an adjunct professor at Wayne State University's School of Medicine for 30 years and was a founding member of the American College of Nuclear Medicine, his obituary said. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 12 Mar. 2021 Marcelo and his wife, Nicki, hosted a Christmas party for many years to collect donations for Toys for Tots, giving him one last time before the new year to make jokes and network, his obituary said., 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of obituary

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obituary

borrowed from New Latin obituārium, noun derivative of Medieval Latin obituārius "of death, recording records or dates of death," from Latin obitu-, stem of obitus "death" + -ārius -ary entry 2 — more at obit

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The first known use of obituary was in 1703

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21 Jun 2021

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“Obituary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of obituary

: an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently


obit·​u·​ary | \ ō-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce obituary (audio) \
plural obituaries

Kids Definition of obituary

: a notice of a person's death (as in a newspaper)


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