[ oh-bich-oo-er-ee ]
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noun,plural o·bit·u·ar·ies.
  1. a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.

  1. of, relating to, or recording a death or deaths: the obituary page of a newspaper.

Origin of obituary

1700–10; <Medieval Latin obituārius, equivalent to Latin obitu(s) death (see obit) + -ārius-ary

Other words from obituary

  • o·bit·u·ar·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for obituary


/ (əˈbɪtjʊərɪ) /

nounplural -aries
  1. a published announcement of a death, often accompanied by a short biography of the dead person

Origin of obituary

C18: from Medieval Latin obituārius, from Latin obīre to fall, from ob- down + īre to go

Derived forms of obituary

  • obituarist, noun

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