An epitaph on an old gravestone.
An example of an epitaph is a loving poem written about a deceased friend.
- an inscription on a tomb or gravestone in memory of the person buried there
- a short composition in prose or verse, written as a tribute to a dead person, past event, etc.
Origin of epitaphMiddle English and Old French epitaphe from Classical Latin epitaphium, eulogy from Classical Greek epitaphion from epi, upon, at + taphos, tomb from thaptein, to bury
- An inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there.
- A brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person.
Origin of epitaphMiddle English from Old French epitaphe from Latin epitaphium from Greek epitaphion from neuter of epitaphios funerary epi- epi- taphos tomb
(third-person singular simple present epitaphs, present participle epitaphing, simple past and past participle epitaphed)