- Obsequies are funeral ceremonies or traditions.
Examples of obsequies are prayers said at a Catholic funeral mass.
funeral rites or ceremonies
Origin of obsequies; from obsolete singular obsequy ; from Old French obseques ; from Medieval Latin obsequiae (pl.) (; from Classical Latin obsequium, compliance: see obsequious), substituted for Classical Latin exsequiae: see exequies
- the plural only usage is favored by the Oxford Dictionary , and thus can be considered to be British, whereas Webster's dictionary, with prevalence of the usage in the plural being noted, gives both singular and plural forms of the word .
- in modern usage, not to be confused with obsequious