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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An obituary.

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  • n. an obituary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Death; decease; the date of one's death.
  • n. A funeral solemnity or office; obsequies.
  • n. A service for the soul of a deceased person on the anniversary of the day of his death.
  • n. Same as obituary; -- by shortenting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Death; decease; the fact or time of death.
  • n. A religious service for a person deceased, preceding the interment; the office for the dead.
  • n. The anniversary of a person's death, or a service or observance on the anniversary of his death (also called an annal, annual, or year's mind); more particularly, a memorial service on the anniversary of the death of the founder or benefactor of a church, college, or other institution. In old writers also spelled obite, obyte.
  • n. The sinking of a star or planet below the horizon; setting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography

Etymologies

Middle English, death, record of date of death, from Old French, death, from Latin obitus; see obituary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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