- Informal. an obituary.
- the date of a person's death.
- Obsolete. a Requiem Mass.
Origin of obit
Related Words for obiteulogy, obit, burial, cremation, register, announcement, necrology, requiem, entombment, inhumation, interment, sepulture, planting, services, obsequies, exequies
Examples from the Web for obit
Contemporary Examples of obit
Marilyn Johnson has written fascinating books about obit writers and librarians.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
“An artist, a bohemian, lover of music, men, food, clothing, travel, politics, and peace,” the obit in a local paper said of her.The Little Girl Who Welcomed Mossadegh to New York
September 27, 2013
Would a male scientist have drawn such an obit opening about his great fatherhood skills?New York Times Changes Sexist Obit
March 31, 2013
To write his obit would be to admit that he was going to die, and who wanted to admit such a thing?Ray Bradbury, Dead at 91, Taught Generations of Readers How to Dream
June 6, 2012
Nothing against her, but I kinda can't believe that Donna Summer's obit made A1 of the Times.A1-Worthy Musical Deaths
May 18, 2012
Historical Examples of obit
At every months mind, years mind, or obit, the curate has 8d.
If the mother just died, you could at least get an obit out of it, she explained.Joan of the Journal
Helen Diehl Olds
In return the college undertook to keep an obit for him every year.
Colchester and the Convent covenanted to observe the Bishop's obit—September 18—which we know they did to the last.William de Colchester
Ernest Harold Pearce
In 1493 he established at University College an obit for the widow of Warwick the king-maker.
- short for obituary
- a memorial service
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.