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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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 The firestorm around Johansson has also put fresh scrutiny on a 2003 obituary about Gill published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Scarlett Johansson faces firestorm amid news she will play a transgender man," 5 July 2018 Journalists at the Capital and parent paper the Baltimore Sun continued to report on the incident late Thursday, publishing stories on the attack, the suspect, and obituaries of their colleagues. Eli Meixler, Time, "A Gunman Killed Five People at the Capital Gazette Newspaper. This Is Their Front Page After the Attack," 29 June 2018 Republicans ran a fake obituary in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Saturday as at least 7,000 people spent time in Cow Town for the final day of Texas Democratic Party Convention. Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle, "Republicans prank, troll Democrats at state convention," 23 June 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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