ob·​se·​quy ˈäb-sə-kwē How to pronounce obsequy (audio)
plural obsequies
: a funeral or burial rite
usually used in plural

Example Sentences

the murder victim's father was the chief mourner at the obsequies

Word History


Middle English obsequie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin obsequiae (plural), alteration of Latin exsequiae, from exsequi to follow out, execute — more at execution

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of obsequy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Obsequy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obsequy. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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