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 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 According to his obituary in the Light, May 28, 1930, Irish arrived in 1907 from St. Louis with a partner, H.E. Dickinson, to continue their real-estate business here. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio West Side developers were subdivision pioneers," 18 Jan. 2020 Relatives listed on his obituary could not immediately be reached by phone. Washington Post, "Baltimore private school: Teacher abused students in ‘90s," 10 Jan. 2020 Stacy Hunsucker was a mother of two and worked at a preschool in Charlotte, according to her obituary. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "North Carolina man accused of killing wife with eye drops," 23 Dec. 2019 According to his obituary for Murphy Parks Funeral Service, James was a member of of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and the National Honor Society. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Waldron cross country runner killed in car crash," 21 Oct. 2019 The Connecticut billionaire's death was first reported in an obituary posted to the New York Times website on Friday. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Weatherford's billionaire board chair dies at age 74," 2 Dec. 2019 Keller was 57 and there was no mention of Iwo Jima in his obituary. NBC News, "Warrior in iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo was misidentified, Marines Corps admits," 16 Oct. 2019 Her obituary, on the web site of Lee & Martin Funeral Home in Burgettstown, said she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer two days before her death. Gregory Korte,, "Sanders Will Limit Events After Heart Attack: Campaign Update," 8 Oct. 2019 More details of Cumer's life and family can be found in his obituary. Madeline Mitchell,, "Funeral dates for victims of Dayton shooting," 6 Aug. 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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The first known use of obituary was in 1703

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Obituary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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