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undertaker

[uhn-der-tey-ker for 1; uhn-der-tey-ker for 2]
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noun
  1. funeral director.
  2. a person who undertakes something.
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Origin of undertaker

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at undertake, -er1
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morticianembalmer

Examples from the Web for undertaker

Historical Examples

  • And the undertaker's bill was seven dollars and forty-five cents.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870

    Various

  • The physician's accomplice, undertaker's benefactor and grave worm's provider.

  • Here she looked sideways at the undertaker, and came to a stop.

  • Every undertaker refused to take him, because they could not match him.

  • After lunch Lantier went to the undertaker's again with the ninety francs.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


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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