- The definition of an obituary is a notice of a death in the newspaper, usually with a biography.
When a person dies and a notice is published in the paper saying her name, stating that she was a beloved mother, listing her surviving relatives and when the service will be, this is an example of an obituary.
obituary definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Midieval Latin obituarius ; from Classical Latin obitus: see obit
- obituarist noun
obituary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. o·bit·u·ar·ies
Origin: Medieval Latin obituārius, (report) of death, from Latin obitus, death, from past participle of obīre, to meet, meet one's death : ob-, toward; see ob- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
- o·bitˈu·arˌy adjective