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noun, plural ex·e·quies.
  1. Usually exequies. funeral rites or ceremonies; obsequies.
  2. a funeral procession.
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Origin of exequy

1350–1400; Middle English exequies (plural) < Medieval Latin, Latin exequiae literally, train of followers, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + sequ(ī) to follow) + -iae, feminine plural noun suffix
Related formsex·e·qui·al [ek-see-kwee-uh l] /ɛkˈsi kwi əl/, adjective
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  • Also I bequeath for two candles to burn at my exequies 30 lbs.

    Life in a Medival City

    Edwin Benson

  • His bodie was buried in an old churchyard of the pied friers, without any manner of exequies of funerall seruice doone for him.

British Dictionary definitions for exequies


pl n singular -quy
  1. the rites and ceremonies used at funerals
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin exequiae (plural) funeral procession, rites, from exequī to follow to the end, from sequī to follow
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