- The definition of posthumous is something that happens after your death.
- A child who is born after his father died is an example of a posthumous child.
- An award given after a person's death is an example of a posthumous award.
- born after the father's death
- published after the author's death
- arising or continuing after one's death
Origin: LL posthumus, for Classical Latin postumus, after death, origin, originally , last, superlative of posterus (see posterior): altered inch(es) Late Latin by associated, association with humus, ground or humare, to bury (as if meaning “born after the father is buried”)
- posthumously adverb
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- Occurring or continuing after one's death: a posthumous award.
- Published after the writer's death: a posthumous book.
- Born after the death of the father: a posthumous child.
Origin: Middle English posthumus, from Late Latin, alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin humus, earth or humāre, to bury) of postumus, superlative of posterus, coming after; see posterior.
- postˈhu·mous·ly adverb
- postˈhu·mous·ness noun