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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To view the entire obituary, visit www.allenjharden.com/obituaries. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/5," 5 June 2018 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:Alzheimers Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871Memories of Marilyn Turner may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 5/10," 10 May 2018 In their final night in the Old Building, Union reporters and editors were busy with two stories: the obituary for Publisher James S. Copley, who had died earlier in the day, and the eruption of the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, ""A Faithful Mirror": The San Diego Union-Tribune's first 150 years," 15 Apr. 2018 Correction: July 13, 2018 An earlier version of this obituary misstated the cause of Remigino’s death. New York Times, "Lindy Remigino, Olympic Champion Runner, Is Dead at 87," 12 July 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this obituary’s headline incorrectly reported that Mr. Hunter died at 87. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Tab Hunter, heartthrob of 1950s Hollywood and star of ‘Damn Yankees,’ dies at 86," 9 July 2018 This was sort of in, Mark Leibovich, sort of his obituary for the Ryan years. NBC News, "Meet the Press - April 15, 2018," 15 Apr. 2018 Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries: of heads of state, opera singers, the inventor of Stove Top stuffing and the namer of the Slinky. Essence.com, "The New York Times Is Finally Giving Ida B. Wells Her Due," 8 Mar. 2018 Although her death was considered noteworthy enough to make the newspapers, most of the obituaries primarily recited her husband's accomplishments. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014

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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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obitual

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obj

object

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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