Definition of obsequies in English:

obsequies

plural noun

  • Funeral rites.

    • ‘Burial takes place this Tuesday morning in St. Colman's Cemetery following Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. Funeral obsequies will be published later.’
    • ‘She was particularly interested in meeting with and caring for people and has many trusted, loyal and sincere friends, many of whom were in attendance at the funeral obsequies.’
    • ‘Seamus was a grand gentleman who commanded great regard in the community Funeral obsequies will be published later.’
    • ‘These many aspects of her life of service drew huge attendances from three continents to her obsequies culminating in her Requiem Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Ballina on Monday 5th.’
    • ‘The newspapers had done her proud, splashing big pictures and running long obituaries, but the question was: Had Fleet Street overestimated demand for royal obsequies?’
    funeral rites, funeral service, funeral, burial ceremony, burial service, burial
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Origin

Late Middle English plural of obsolete obsequy, from Anglo-Norman French obsequie, from the medieval Latin plural obsequiae (from Latin exsequiae ‘funeral rites’, influenced by obsequium ‘dutiful service’).

Pronunciation

obsequies

/ˈɒbsɪkwɪz/