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


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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Sandler is survived by his daughter Susan Sandler, son James Sandler, brothers-in-law Bernard Osher and Harold Osher, and two grandchildren, according to an obituary posted by the Sandler Foundation. Ashley Mcbride,, "Herb Sandler, billionaire philanthropist, dies at 87," 6 June 2019 To view a complete obituary or to offer an online condolence, please visit, "Lyda Jane Budney," 4 June 2019 Please view full obituary, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/4," 4 June 2019 According to an obituary, Vannieuwenhoven's wife, Rita, died in February 2008, months after the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary., "Decades after a couple was killed on a hiking trail, a sealed envelope leads to an arrest," 3 June 2019 Leigh Cosart Winters and Dorothy Breuninger Winters, a Capitol Hill secretary, said a 2009 obituary for her mother in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, "Wendi Winters, killed in Maryland shooting, devoted more than two decades to community journalism," 28 June 2018 An obituary for McJilton describes the Cambridge, Mass., native as a veteran of the Vietnam War who traveled extensively and had a range of technical skills and interests. Laura Mcknight,, "Man found guilty of killing Bridge City bicyclist in hit-and-run crash," 20 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Father Pulicare served at nine different churches in the Scranton area following his ordination in 1971 and at four Catholic high schools, according to his obituary in a local newspaper. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "‘I Don’t Want to Die Without Telling This Story’: Reports of Alleged Abuse by Catholic Priests Rise Sharply," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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 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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