undertaker

[uhn-der-tey-ker for 1; uhn-der-tey-ker for 2]
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Origin of undertaker

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at undertake, -er1
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Related Words for undertaker

mortician, embalmer

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British Dictionary definitions for undertaker

undertaker

noun
  1. 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
n.

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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