Definition of obsequies in English:


plural noun

  • Funeral rites.

    • ‘Seamus was a grand gentleman who commanded great regard in the community Funeral obsequies will be published later.’
    • ‘The newspapers had done her proud, splashing big pictures and running long obituaries, but the question was: Had Fleet Street overestimated demand for royal obsequies?’
    • ‘Burial takes place this Tuesday morning in St. Colman's Cemetery following Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. Funeral obsequies will be published later.’
    • ‘These many aspects of her life of service drew huge attendances from three continents to her obsequies culminating in her Requiem Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Ballina on Monday 5th.’
    • ‘She was particularly interested in meeting with and caring for people and has many trusted, loyal and sincere friends, many of whom were in attendance at the funeral obsequies.’
    funeral rites, funeral service, funeral, burial ceremony, burial service, burial
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Late Middle English: plural of obsolete obsequy, from Anglo-Norman French obsequie, from the medieval Latin plural obsequiae (from Latin exsequiae ‘funeral rites’, influenced by obsequium ‘dutiful service’).