Definition of obituary in English:

obituary

Syllabification: o·bit·u·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ōˈbiCHo͞oˌerē
 
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noun (plural obituaries)

A notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person: the obituary of a friend [as modifier]: an obituary notice
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

Derivatives

obituarist

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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