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

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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 Glaser died Friday on his 91st birthday, the magazine's obituary says. Ganesh Setty, CNN, "Milton Glaser, designer of 'I ♥ NY' logo and Bob Dylan poster, dies at 91," 27 June 2020 He was deployed to Iraq, according to his obituary. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Video exclusive: Navy vet who died 8 days after Alameda arrest was pinned, tased multiple times," 24 June 2020 But the touching obituary that People posted online became a vehicle for fatphobic trolls. Gianluca Russo, refinery29.com, "The Dangers Of Fat-Shaming COVID-19 Victims," 19 June 2020 Tammy Daybell died in her sleep last October of what her obituary said were natural causes. CBS News, "2 sets of children's remains found at home of man tied to missing Idaho kids, prosecutor says," 11 June 2020 Pop-culture writer Chuck Klosterman penned a memorable New York Times obituary for Crosby and Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone, who died within 24 hours of each other. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Ratt is much more than ‘Round and Round’," 15 June 2020 Tammy Daybell died in her sleep last October of what her obituary said were natural causes. CBS News, "2 sets of children's remains found at home of man tied to missing Idaho kids, prosecutor says," 11 June 2020 That’s one way to look at the recent round of sliding Trump poll numbers, which the media and Democrats are prematurely hailing as an obituary for the administration, but which also have Republicans nervous. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Trump Is Beating Trump," 11 June 2020 Tammy Daybell died in her sleep last October of what her obituary said were natural causes. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Police: Human remains found at Idaho property of Lori Vallow's husband Chad Daybell," 9 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Obituary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obituary. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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obituary

noun
How to pronounce obituary (audio)

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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