[uhn-der-tey-ker for 1; uhn-der-tey-ker for 2]


a person who undertakes something.

Origin of undertaker

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at undertake, -er1
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Examples from the Web for undertaker

Historical Examples of undertaker

  • Instantly the Undertaker, in his rle of official announcer, dashed forward to greet him.

  • You are the man that nursed them and buried them when the undertaker died.

  • "There's the place," said the undertaker, pointing to the vault.


    Earle Ashley Walcott

  • The palace is like an undertaker's establishment when business is dull.

  • The undertaker attends to seating people, arranging the rooms, etc.

    The Complete Bachelor

    Walter Germain

British Dictionary definitions for undertaker



a person whose profession is the preparation of the dead for burial or cremation and the management of funerals; funeral director
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Word Origin and History for undertaker

c.1400, "a contractor or projector of any sort," agent noun from undertake (v.). The specialized sense (1690s) emerged from funeral-undertaker.

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