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Examples of undertaker in a Sentence
the undertaker wore black clothes and a solemn expression
Recent Examples of undertaker from the Web
At the cemetery, as undertakers moved the coffin underground, the sorrowful multitude broke into applause.
No more undertakers in black suits clutching handkerchiefs, old buddies weeping in corners, telling off-color stories, nipping shots, no more covered mirrors, black dresses, skullcaps and crucifixes.
Overall, personal care and service work — including movie projectionists, ticket takers, child care workers and undertakers — is the second-lowest paying field in the state, with an average salary of $31,180 per year.
The teacher/undertaker/tinkerer was astonished one morning to learn from the newspaper that a friend had died.
Within two decades, the undertakers say, 4 out of 5 people will be.
Huck attends the funeral of Colonel Grangerford, where the undertaker sets up the coffin in the middle of the parlor with chairs fanned out around it.
But a gender-swap role as the undertaker’s son in Oliver managed to sway her ambitions toward the dramatic.
Abdel-Hafiz Mohammed, who kept his job as undertaker throughout the militants’ rule, has carved approximately 2,000 headstones for the al-Jadidah graveyard since October 2016.
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Did You Know?
You may wonder how the word undertaker made the transition from "one who undertakes" to "one who makes a living in the funeral business." The latter meaning descends from the use of the word to mean "one who takes on business responsibilities." In the 18th century, a funeral-undertaker was someone who undertook, or managed, a funeral business. There were many undertakers in those days, undertaking all sorts of businesses, but as time went on undertaker became specifically identified with the profession of arranging burial. Today, "funeral director" is more commonly used, but undertaker still appears.
UNDERTAKER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of undertaker for English Language Learners
: a person whose job is to arrange and manage funerals
UNDERTAKER Defined for Kids
medical Definition of undertaker
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