Definition of posthumous
1 : born after the death of the father
2 : published after the death of the author
3 : following or occurring after death posthumous fame
Examples of posthumous in a Sentence
She received a posthumous award for her life of philanthropy.
the soldier was awarded a posthumous medal for valor
Recent Examples of posthumous from the Web
This week’s ceremony is believed to be the first posthumous gay wedding to take place in France and possibly the world, the BBC said.
The former No. 1 album returns to the list (5,000 units; up 218 percent), concurrent with the debut of his new posthumous collaborations album, The King & I, with Faith Evans.
Miami-Dade’s School Board recently created a policy to ensure that the families of deceased students are able to get posthumous diplomas.
Perhaps Trilling is in need of posthumous allies, tenders to the flame, someone to agree with and believe in her.
Relatives of 16 deceased members of the unit attended the ceremony at the Heritage Center to receive the posthumous honor.
First, her own special, posthumous candle in the wind, and now, a commemorative bear.
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Where Does posthumous Come From?
Readers who are looking for the origins of the word posthumous may be interested to know that it is an example of a folk etymology. A folk etymology involves the respelling or changing of an unfamiliar word (often one borrowed from another language) to make it resemble an unrelated but better-known word or words. The classic example in English is cockroach, which was formed by substituting the English words cock (the name of a bird) and roach (the name of a fish) for the similar-sounding but totally unrelated Spanish word for a bug, cucaracha.
Posthumous comes from the Latin posthumus, which is itself an alteration of postumus ("born after the father's death"). It is thought that the word humus (meaning "dirt, earth" in Latin) was substituted for -umus in the mistaken belief that the word's final element had something to do with the soil in a grave.
POSTHUMOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of posthumous for English Language Learners
: happening, done, or published after someone's death
Medical Definition of posthumous
1: born after the death of the father
2: following or occurring after death
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