obituary o*bit"u*a*ry, n.; pl. {Obituaries}. [Cf. F. obituaire. See {Obit}.] 1. That which pertains to, or is called forth by, the obit or death of a person; esp., an account of a deceased person. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially: A notice of the death of a person, published in a newspaper or other periodical, accompanied by a biographical sketch which may be brief ro extended; as, the funeral director arranged placed an obituary in the local papaer. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. pl. The section of a newspaper in which obituaries[2] are printed; as, I saw the notice of his death in the obituaries. [PJC]

4. (R. C. Ch.) A list of the dead, or a register of anniversary days when service is performed for the dead. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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