Definition of obit in English:



  • An obituary.

    • ‘All obits will be subject to some degree of editing.’
    • ‘These are sad stories, but they also are inspirational, heart-warming with a humanity not usually found in obits of more well-known people who make newspaper obituaries.’
    • ‘Also on that website is an obit for John and another of his articles, this one a recent piece on Afghanistan.’
    • ‘All of our obits are added to the Web site the same day they appear in the paper.’
    • ‘Then I checked the obits for Orlando around that time and he was there, with a Melbourne funeral home listed.’
    • ‘If so, his obit should note that he didn't exactly die; he just failed to be born.’
    • ‘When a senior journalist died, we decided to have an obit on him.’
    • ‘Most of the obits described his years with the Beatles, noted his early success as a solo performer, and then fast-forwarded to his painful final days.’
    • ‘I mean, as long as I do my own things in my own right as well, so at least they get into the second paragraph of my obit, then I'll be fine.’
    • ‘Here's a link to one of several obits that are now available on the web with more info about this remarkable lady.’
    • ‘This obit in a Westport newspaper lists a few of his achievements in this area.’
    • ‘Here's a newspaper obit on writer-artist-editor Gill Fox, whose passing we reported here a few days ago.’
    • ‘I'm sure there will be more obits and tributes that will list his many other impressive credits.’
    • ‘Will your obit be dreary or contain flashes of perception, maybe even a quote or two?’
    • ‘This link will take you to a page in his hometown newspaper with a brief obit.’
    • ‘Now we have hundreds of radio stations creating a profit with virtually no on-air personnel and no newsroom, no Associated Press wire, no birth announcements, no obits.’
    • ‘His obit will cover the usual attributes: father, husband, reporter, area man, sorely missed.’
    • ‘Honestly, what benefit is there to newspapers in getting people to register just to read an obit?’
    • ‘Here's a link to one of hundreds of obits that are on the web today.’
    • ‘So far, none of the obits I've seen for Ann Miller have mentioned what was to me her most impressive credit.’


Late Middle English: now regarded as an abbreviation of obituary, but originally also used in the senses ‘death’ and ‘funeral service’, from Latin obitus going down, death.