obituary

noun obit·u·ary \ ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē , ō- , -ˈbi-chə-rē \

Definition of obituary

plural obituaries
:a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account

obituarist

play \ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwər-ist, -ˈbi-chə-rist, ō-\ noun

obituary

adjective

Examples of obituary in a Sentence

  1. I read her obituary in the newspaper.

  2. several obituaries for Herman Melville portrayed him as an obscure, largely forgotten author

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Origin and Etymology of obituary

Medieval Latin obituarium, from Latin obitus death

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OBITUARY Defined for English Language Learners

obituary

noun

Definition of obituary for English Language Learners

  • : an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently


OBITUARY Defined for Kids

obituary

noun obit·u·ary \ ō-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē \

Definition of obituary for Students

plural obituaries
:a notice of a person's death (as in a newspaper)


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