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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
Normally, undertakers take bodies away from hospitals; Alice, a once-beautiful mother of two, was headed in the opposite direction.
Legend says that the mayor and local undertaker went against the King family's wishes and moved his body secretly to the new location.
In short order some managed to become physicians, legislators, undertakers, insurance men.
The actor will take the lead as an undertaker who finds his business booming when outlaws take over his frontier town.
Three years before declaring his candidacy for New Jersey governor, Democrat Phil Murphy had to meet an undertaker.
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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.
First Known Use of undertaker
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
Definition of undertaker for Students
: a person whose business is to prepare the dead for burial and to take charge of funerals
Medical Definition of undertaker
: an individual whose business is to prepare the dead for burial and to arrange and manage funerals—called also mortician
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