Meaning of obituary in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbɪtʃʊəri/

See synonyms for obituary

Translate obituary into Spanish

nounplural noun obituaries

  • A notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person.

    ‘his obituary of Samuel Beckett’
    • ‘an obituary notice’
    • ‘it is premature to write the obituary of British science’
    • ‘Every day that passes sees the obituary columns of broadsheet newspapers bring us more examples.’
    • ‘Everyone knows that major newspapers hold obituaries written well in advance of the deaths of notable people.’
    • ‘The Warwickshire captain is used to reading his obituary notice in the columns of the national newspapers.’
    • ‘This was the obituary notice that appeared in the paper regarding his death.’
    • ‘He also does not want a memorial service or even an obituary in the newspaper.’
    • ‘This letter contained an obituary notice and some psychotic ramblings.’
    • ‘Newspaper obituary columns are changing but they are essentially respectful of the dead.’
    • ‘Are you worried about the future glut of obituaries in national newspapers?’
    • ‘It began with an obituary and a reporter's talk with a grieving family.’
    • ‘The nature of my employment is such that I am sometimes called upon to sub-edit obituaries for the next day's paper.’
    • ‘When this guy dies, he's going to receive ten obituaries on the front page of the Times.’
    • ‘We need to know the year of birth and exact date of death of the deceased, and we prefer obituaries to state the cause of death.’
    • ‘We respected the wishes of Patricia's friends, who wrote the obituary as they saw fit.’
    • ‘Alongside is her name in black bold square print - the kind used in obituary notices.’
    • ‘In the newspaper the following day his contact was in the obituary section, seems he had died of an overdose.’
    • ‘When I got home, I scanned newspapers and teletext looking for his obituary.’
    • ‘One of the regulars was the man who walked around the town pasting large posters on the walls, usually obituary notices.’
    • ‘How do you write a decent obituary when the corpse-to-be is doing such a good job of it himself?’
    • ‘Some have doubtless already written their heavyweight obituaries about the man with the dodgy chin who was the best of a bad bunch.’
    • ‘The obituaries have been written for Scotland's textile industry so many times that it would be easy to believe the sector no longer exists.’
    death notice, eulogy
    View synonyms


Early 18th century from medieval Latin obituarius, from Latin obitus ‘death’, from obit- ‘perished’, from the verb obire.