obituary

noun
obit·​u·​ary | \ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē, ō-, -ˈbi-chə-rē\
plural obituaries

Definition of obituary 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from obituary

obituarist \ə-​ˈbi-​chə-​ˌwər-​ist, -​ˈbi-​chə-​rist, ō-​ \ noun
obituary adjective

Synonyms for obituary

Synonyms

necrology, obit

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

In her obituary on Dignity Memorial highlighted her passion for animals. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Andy and David Spade Arrive at Kate Spade's Funeral Together in Her Hometown of Kansas City," 21 June 2018 In her obituary, the family asked for donations to St. John's in lieu of flowers. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Funeral scheduled for UNC Charlotte student killed in party bus fall | Charlotte Observer," 7 May 2018 In its obituary for the 41-year-old photographer, AFP reported an exchange between Marai and a colleague just before Monday's second explosion. Laura King, latimes.com, "Work of slain Afghan journalists provided intimate, wrenching look at country's long conflict," 30 Apr. 2018 Smith was engaged and loved her fiance's daughter, the obituary said. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "Capital Gazette shooting victims remembered as passionate employees, dedicated family members," 29 June 2018 She is also survived by her parents, two sisters and many extended family members, the obituary says. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Woman who died in Florida casino boat fire grew up in Beachwood, uncle says," 17 Jan. 2018 Nolan, who recently finished eighth grade as an honor student, is survived by three sisters and a brother, according to his obituary. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "He hoped to play hoops in the fall. But freak basketball accident kills Indiana teen," 26 June 2018 His obituary in The Seattle Times said his ultimate wish was for his summer camp to continue. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "‘Mr. Rogers of pediatrics,’ Dr. Stanley Stamm, dies at 93," 16 Apr. 2018 From the opening frames (the words of a newspaper obituary), director Ari Aster, in a tremendous feature debut, ratchets up the tension and the dread. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Here are the best movies of 2018 (so far)," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'obituary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of obituary

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obituary

Medieval Latin obituarium, from Latin obitus death

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about obituary

Dictionary Entries near obituary

obiter dictum

obitual

obituarize

obituary

obj

object

objectable

Statistics for obituary

Last Updated

26 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for obituary

The first known use of obituary was in 1703

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for obituary

obituary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of obituary

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

obituary

noun
obit·​u·​ary | \ō-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē \
plural obituaries

Kids Definition of obituary

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on obituary

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with obituary

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for obituary

Spanish Central: Translation of obituary

Nglish: Translation of obituary for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of obituary for Arabic Speakers

Comments on obituary

What made you want to look up obituary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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