obit·​u·​ary | \ ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce obituary (audio) , ō-, -ˈbi-chə-rē \
plural obituaries

Definition of obituary

: a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account

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obituarist \ ə-​ˈbi-​chə-​ˌwər-​ist How to pronounce obituary (audio) , -​ˈbi-​chə-​rist , ō-​ \ noun
obituary adjective

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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 Misty Mitchem, who was in her 40s and had diabetes, died on Sept. 23, according to her obituary. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 16 Oct. 2021 Bentley said the woman was mandated to be immunized for work, according to her obituary. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2021 Jessica Berg Wilson, a mother of two, was opposed to COVID-19 vaccinations, according to her obituary. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 The fifth grade student is survived by his parents, Kelly and Raegan Williamson, as well as his brother, Maverick Ray Williamson, and sister, Tatum Liles, according to his obituary., 6 Oct. 2021 An auto parts manager, Green lived in New Palestine and was born in Beech Grove, according to his obituary. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 According to her obituary, Henson is survived by her parents, Keith Henson and Sherry Henson; and her sister Samantha Henson. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 3 Oct. 2021 McCormack was born in Winthrop and attended St. Mary’s Grammar School in Cambridge and Boston College High School, according to his obituary., 23 Sep. 2021 Castellano graduated from the police academy in 2017 and served seven years with the New Haven Police Department, according to his obituary. Kaitlin Mccallum,, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of obituary

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obituary

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

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The first known use of obituary was in 1703

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19 Oct 2021

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“Obituary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of obituary

: an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently


obit·​u·​ary | \ ō-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce obituary (audio) \
plural obituaries

Kids Definition of obituary

: a notice of a person's death (as in a newspaper)

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