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

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Other Words from obituary

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

Synonyms for obituary


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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In her obituary on Dignity Memorial highlighted her passion for animals. Colleen Kratofil,, "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,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of obituary

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obituary

Medieval Latin obituarium, from Latin obitus death

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The first known use of obituary was in 1703

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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 \
plural obituaries

Kids Definition of obituary

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

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