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[uhn-der-tey-ker for 1; uhn-der-tey-ker for 2] /ˈʌn dərˌteɪ kər for 1; ˌʌn dərˈteɪ kər for 2/
a person who undertakes something.
Origin of undertaker
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at undertake, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Alphonse Giraud and I swore to the clothing—indeed, the linen was marked plainly enough—and we left the undertaker to his work.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
  • In the passage downstairs they met the undertaker's men, who were coming in.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Dankmere, who had been closing up and piling together the undertaker's camp-chairs, looked around at the younger man.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • "I'm so glad it isn't an undertaker we have to call for," put in Grace, with a shudder.

  • Strictly speaking, there is no undertaker or business man in a corporation.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • The undertaker saw him and whipped a revolver out of his hip-pocket.

  • It is not without reason that the French undertaker ambushes beneath the imposing style of Pompes Funbres.

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
  • It would spoil the paper, and do nobody any good but the coroner and the undertaker!

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Every undertaker refused to take him, because they could not match him.

  • No undertaker was called, for in that small settlement one would not have been supported.

    A Cousin's Conspiracy Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for undertaker


a person whose profession is the preparation of the dead for burial or cremation and the management of funerals; funeral director
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undertaker

c.1400, "a contractor or projector of any sort," agent noun from undertake (v.). The specialized sense (1690s) emerged from funeral-undertaker.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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