[ pos-chuh-muh s, -choo- ]
/ ˈpɒs tʃə məs, -tʃʊ- /


arising, occurring, or continuing after one's death: a posthumous award for bravery.
published after the death of the author: a posthumous novel.
born after the death of the father.

Origin of posthumous

1600–10; < Latin postumus last-born, born after the death of the father (in form a superlative of posterus; see posterior); post-classical spelling with h by association with humus ground, earth, as if referring to burial


post·hu·mous·ly, adverbpost·hu·mous·ness, nounnon·post·hu·mous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for posthumously

/ (ˈpɒstjʊməs) /


happening or continuing after one's death
(of a book, etc) published after the author's death
(of a child) born after the father's death

Derived forms of posthumous

posthumously, adverb

Word Origin for posthumous

C17: from Latin postumus the last, but modified as though from Latin post after + humus earth, that is, after the burial
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