A funeral rite or ceremony.
Origin of obsequy
- Middle English obsequi from Old French obseque from Medieval Latin obsequiae alteration (influenced by Latin exsequiae funeral rites) of Latin obsequia pl. of obsequium compliance, dutiful service obsequious
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin obsequiÄ« (“complaisant, yielding"), alteration of obsequia (“compliance") (by confusion, in association with exsequia (“funeral rites"), from exsequÄ« (“follow or accompany to the grave")).