obit

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman obit, Middle French obit, and their source, Latin obitus (going down; death), from obīre (to go down, to die).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒbɪt/, /ˈəʊbɪt/

Noun[edit]

obit (plural obits)

  1. (obsolete) Death of a person. [14th-17th c.]
  2. (Christianity, now historical) A mass or other service held for the soul of a dead person. [from 14th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 582:
      Medieval wills often contained bequests to pay for the singing of special (non-perpetual) masses on the testator's behalf. These obits, as they were called, combined alms for the poor with masses for the dead.
  3. A record of a person's death. [from 15th c.]

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened from obituary.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

obit (plural obits)

  1. (colloquial) An obituary.

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

obit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of obeō