from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there.
- n. A brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inscription on a gravestone in memory of the deceased.
- n. A poem or other short text written in memory of a deceased person.
- v. To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inscription on, or at, a tomb, or a grave, in memory or commendation of the one buried there; a sepulchral inscription.
- n. A brief writing formed as if to be inscribed on a monument, as that concerning Alexander: “Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non sufficeret orbis.”
- transitive v. To commemorate by an epitaph.
- intransitive v. To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inscription on a tomb or monument in honor or memory of the dead.
- n. A brief enunciation or sentiment relating to a deceased person, in prose or verse, composed as if to be inscribed on a monument.
- n. One of the most pleasing epitaphs in general literature is that by Pope on Gay:
- To commemorate in an epitaph.
- To make epitaphs; use the epitaphic style.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person
- n. an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
Middle English, from Old French epitaphe, from Latin epitaphium, from Greek epitaphion, from neuter of epitaphios, funerary : epi-, epi- + taphos, tomb.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French epitafe, from Latin epitaphium ("eulogy"), from Ancient Greek ἐπιτάφιος (epitaphios, "relating to a funeral"), from ἐπί (epi, "over") + τάφος (taphos, "tomb"). (Wiktionary)