- The definition of an epitaph is an inscription or written tribute in memory of a person on a tombstone or in a piece of literature.
An example of an epitaph is a loving poem written about a deceased friend.
An epitaph on an old gravestone.
epitaph definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English and amp; Old French epitaphe ; from Classical Latin epitaphium, eulogy ; from Classical Greek epitaphion ; from epi, upon, at plush taphos, tomb ; from thaptein, to bury
epitaph definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there.
- A brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French epitaphe, from Latin epitaphium, from Greek epitaphion, from neuter of epitaphios, funerary : epi-, epi- + taphos, tomb.
- epˌi·taphˈic adjective