Undertaker meaning

ŭndər-tākər
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A person who undertakes something.
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The definition of an undertaker is a mortician or someone in the business of readying dead bodies for a funeral and setting up and conducting a funeral.

A man who runs a funeral home, plans the funeral, embalms the dead person and oversees the funeral is an example of an undertaker.

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One who undertakes a task or job.
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A funeral director; someone whose business is to manage funerals, burials and cremations.
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(historical) A person receiving land in Ireland during the Elizabethan era, so named because they gave an undertaking to abide by several conditions regarding loyalty to the crown, marriage, and using English as their spoken language.

In 1588 Edmund Spenser becomes an 'undertaker' in the first Elizabethan plantation, receiving the forfeited Irish estate of Kilcolman Castle.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
undertaker
Plural:
undertakers