Obituary definition

ō-bĭcho͝o-ĕrē
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A notice of someone's death, as in a newspaper, usually with a brief biography.
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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.

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Of or recording a death or deaths.
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A brief notice of a person's death, as published in a newspaper.
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A published notice of a death, sometimes with a brief biography of the deceased.
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A biography of a recently deceased person, written by a journalist and published in a newspaper.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
obituary
Plural:
obituaries

Origin of obituary

  • Medieval Latin obituārius (report) of death from Latin obitus death from past participle of obīre to meet, meet one's death ob- toward ob– īre to go ei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin obituarius, from Latin obitus (“a going to a place, approach, usually a going down, setting (as of the sun), fall, ruin, death"), from obire (“to go or come to, usually go down, set, fall, perish, die"), from ob (“toward, to") + ire (“to go").

    From Wiktionary