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

  • n. A funeral rite or ceremony. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The last office for the dead
  • n. A funeral rite or service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The last duty or service to a person, rendered after his death; hence, a rite or ceremony pertaining to burial; -- now used only in the plural.
  • n. Obsequiousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ready compliance; deferential service; obsequiousness.
  • n. A funeral rite or ceremony.


Middle English obsequi, from Old French obseque, from Medieval Latin obsequiae, alteration (influenced by Latin exsequiae, funeral rites) of Latin obsequia, pl. of obsequium, compliance, dutiful service; see obsequious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin obsequiī ("complaisant, yielding"), alteration of obsequia ("compliance") (by confusion, in association with exsequia ("funeral rites"), from exsequī ("follow or accompany to the grave")). (Wiktionary)



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