Adjective "obituary" definition and examples

(Obituary may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person.
  1. as modifier 'an obituary notice'
  2. 'One of the regulars was the man who walked around the town pasting large posters on the walls, usually obituary notices.'
  3. 'How do you write a decent obituary when the corpse-to-be is doing such a good job of it himself?'
  4. 'Every day that passes sees the obituary columns of broadsheet newspapers bring us more examples.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Some have doubtless already written their heavyweight obituaries about the man with the dodgy chin who was the best of a bad bunch.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'When this guy dies, he's going to receive ten obituaries on the front page of the Times.'
  9. 'Are you worried about the future glut of obituaries in national newspapers?'
  10. 'This was the obituary notice that appeared in the paper regarding his death.'
  11. 'Everyone knows that major newspapers hold obituaries written well in advance of the deaths of notable people.'

More definitions

1. a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper. adjective

2. of, relating to, or recording a death or deaths: the obituary page of a newspaper.

More examples(as adjective)

"writers can be obituary."

"pages can be obituary."

"crickets can be obituary."


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