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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web His survivors include his wife, Jackie Giago, who declined to be interviewed for this obituary; a sister, Lillian; 12 children; and numerous grandchildren. New York Times, 28 July 2022 The South Florida native made his mark on his hometown community and even participated every year at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, according to his obituary. Antonia Debianchi,, 27 July 2022 According to his obituary, Bob Hayden was instrumental in the founding of the Boston METCO program and served as its executive director from 1970 to 1973. Globe Staff,, 24 July 2022 DeMers, an artisan furniture maker, husband and father, according to his obituary, lived on the same street as a woman who had recently ended a relationship with Manfredonia, police said. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 23 June 2022 Dena Potter, a former staffer of The Associated Press, was the principal writer of this obituary. Eileen Putman, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2021 The late Associated Press writer Bob Thomas in Los Angeles was the primary writer of this obituary. al, 1 May 2021 Loren Courts' cousin, Crystal Smith, read his obituary, accompanied by sign language interpreters. Jasmin Barmore, Detroit Free Press, 19 July 2022 Tytya Bolds had a hard time writing her son’s obituary because Nasier Fitzgerald was still figuring out his life and future. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of obituary was in 1703

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8 Aug 2022

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“Obituary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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