obituary

noun
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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Other Words from obituary

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

Synonyms for obituary

Synonyms

necrology, obit

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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

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According to his obituary, Troy loved listening to Elvis Presley and Huey Lewis and The News. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Nashville Flipped Star Troy Dean Shafer Passed Away Unexpectedly," 9 May 2019 James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, worked at the Jennie-O plant for 27 years, according to an obituary posted on the website of the Rausch and Steel Funeral Home. Tim Gruber, The Seattle Times, "Mystery in a small town: A quiet couple are shot dead, their daughter is missing," 6 Nov. 2018 Ganster drove the train at the Magic Kingdom, according to an obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, which said Ganster worked there for 15 years. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Church helped former priest accused of abuse get Disney job," 16 Aug. 2018 Just last week, Hiaasen, 59, and his wife celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary, according to an obituary for him published in The Baltimore Sun, the parent company of the Capital Gazette. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "Capital Gazette shooting victims remembered as passionate employees, dedicated family members," 29 June 2018 Wilson-Sanders was planning to enlist in the United States Army, according to the obituary. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Two charged in death of man in Northland apartment," 13 June 2018 According to an obituary, Garcia was a healthcare worker, homemaker and housekeeper throughout her life. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Oklahoma Woman Killed in Attack by Pack of Small Dachshund Dogs," 17 May 2018 Caldwell had no criminal record, and died in 2003 at the age of 59, according to his obituary in the Billings Gazette. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "DNA test solves 45-year-old double-murder mystery in Montana," 25 Mar. 2019 She and her family immigrated to the United States from Vienna three years prior to 1911, according to her obituary in The New York Times. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "Many Women Who Died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 Were Young Immigrants," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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objectable

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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 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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