- a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.
- of, relating to, or recording a death or deaths: the obituary page of a newspaper.
Origin of obituary
Examples from the Web for obituary
Contemporary Examples of obituary
As far as he is concerned, they're preparing his obituary and he doesn't care to attend the funeral.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
And a generation of obituary writers have paid tribute to celebrities as well as everyday people.
Marilyn Johnson explored the subculture of obituary scribes in her wonderful 2006 book, The Dead Beat.
Because in 2014, there really is no such thing as bad publicity…except your own obituary.
As the old saying goes, “There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”
Historical Examples of obituary
And the words of his obituary notice at once began to dance before his eyes.The Burning Spear
Well, are you set on keepin' that date in the obituary column, or will we have breakfast?Shorty McCabe
He sent the obituary of Ascalon, as he believed, ahead of him by wire.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
We suffered a loss when it died, and it deserves this obituary notice.
My mother has been dead many years, for her name is in the obituary of the house.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
- a published announcement of a death, often accompanied by a short biography of the dead person
Word Origin for obituary
1706, "register of deaths," from Medieval Latin obituarius "a record of the death of a person," literally "pertaining to death," from Latin obitus "departure, a going to meet, encounter" (a euphemism for "death"), from stem of obire "go toward, go to meet" (as in mortem obire "meet death"), from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + ire "to go" (see ion). Meaning "record or announcement of a death, especially in a newspaper, and including a brief biographical sketch" is from 1738. As an adjective from 1828. A similar euphemism is in Old English cognate forðfaran "to die," literally "to go forth;" utsið "death," literally "going out, departure."