[ oh-bit for 1; oh-bit, ob-it for 2, 3; especially British ob-it for 1–3 ]
/ oʊˈbɪt for 1; ˈoʊ bɪt, ˈɒb ɪt for 2, 3; especially British ˈɒb ɪt for 1–3 /


Informal. an obituary.
the date of a person's death.
Obsolete. a Requiem Mass.

Nearby words

  1. obfuscate,
  2. obfuscation,
  3. obi,
  4. obie,
  5. obiit,
  6. obiter,
  7. obiter dictum,
  8. obituary,
  9. obj.,
  10. object

Origin of obit

1325–75; Middle English obite < Latin obitus death, equivalent to obi- (stem of obīre to meet, meet one's death, die; ob- ob- + īre to go) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for obit

British Dictionary definitions for obit


/ (ˈɒbɪt, ˈəʊbɪt) /

noun informal

short for obituary
a memorial service
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Word Origin and History for obit



late 14c., "death," from Middle French obit or directly from Latin obitus "death," noun use of past participle of obire "to die," literally "to go toward" (see obituary). In modern usage (since 1874) it is usually a clipped form of obituary, though it had the same meaning of "published death notice" 15c.-17c. The scholarly abbreviation ob. with date is from Latin obiit "(he) died," third person singular of obire.

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