obit·​u·​ary ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce obituary (audio) ō- How to pronounce obituary (audio)
plural obituaries
: a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account
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obituary adjective

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 For his service and sacrifice, Hammett's family accepted the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation, his obituary added. Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Chloe Hodge, 17, died from her injuries on Jan. 27, two days after the crash, according to her obituary. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 29 Jan. 2024 An earlier version of this obituary had the wrong John Hamlin pictured. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2024 It must be said that Chuck was ill-served by The Times’ former management, which yielded a bitter breakup that may have contributed to his wish, communicated by his family, that no formal obituary appear, including in The Times. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Haslam will be laid to rest on Monday, per his obituary. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Jonathan Fielding, 19, was new to the state and was hiking with friends near Hanksville, Utah, last Saturday when the accident occurred, according to FOX 13 Salt Lake City, and his obituary. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 3 Feb. 2024 The guestbook for his online obituary can be found here. Chris Willman, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 As reported in the many obituaries and tributes at the time, Clancy was an insurance salesman and aspiring writer who loved naval history. Allen Pierleoni -, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of obituary was in 1703

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“Obituary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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obit·​u·​ary ə-ˈbich-ə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce obituary (audio)
plural obituaries
: a notice of a person's death (as in a newspaper)
obituary adjective

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