Share this entry

Share this page

obituary

Line breaks: ob¦itu|ary
Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈbɪtʃʊəri
 
, -tʃəri, -tjʊəri/

Definition of obituary in English:

noun (plural obituaries)

A notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person: his obituary of Samuel Beckett [as modifier]: an obituary notice figurative it is premature to write the obituary of British science
More example sentences
  • Every day that passes sees the obituary columns of broadsheet newspapers bring us more examples.
  • Everyone knows that major newspapers hold obituaries written well in advance of the deaths of notable people.
  • The Warwickshire captain is used to reading his obituary notice in the columns of the national newspapers.
Synonyms
death notice, eulogy
informal obit
rare necrology, necrologue

Origin

early 18th century: from medieval Latin obituarius, from Latin obitus 'death', from obit- 'perished', from the verb obire.

Derivatives

obituarist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Most obituarists prefer the airbrush to the sharpened pen when it comes to the famous and powerful.
  • He was an occasional obituarist for The Independent and The Guardian and a contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography.
  • We cannot control what other's write about us, and today's critic may be tomorrow's biographer and obituarist.

Words that rhyme with obituary

sumptuaryvoluptuary

Definition of obituary in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing