Definition of undertaker in English:



  • A person whose business is preparing dead bodies for burial or cremation and making arrangements for funerals.

    • ‘Straight after the funeral the undertaker gave us all the paperwork and had it in a folder for us, and said this was for our keeping, just to look at later.’
    • ‘They also thanked the choir, servers, undertakers, and everyone who attended the funeral.’
    • ‘Look at it this way: when an epidemic hits, you need doctors to tend to the sick and undertakers to bury the dead.’
    • ‘He also operated a local undertaker's business to which he brought his own wonderful sense of dignity and perspective.’
    • ‘And he said a local undertaker had told him he had arranged at least four funerals after fatalities on that stretch of road over the last 20 years.’
    • ‘All burials and cremations are arranged by professional undertakers.’
    • ‘I hadn't made arrangements with an undertaker and the phone rang off the hook with calls from New York.’
    • ‘Families started hiring undertakers to prepare the deceased for burial.’
    • ‘Last December, he had the first of four cardiac arrests, which made him so ill he consulted solicitors to make a will and undertakers to plan his funeral - and even ordered his gravestone.’
    • ‘Just before the funeral, the undertaker came up to the elderly widow and asked: ‘How old was your husband?’’
    • ‘The family have asked the funeral undertakers not to disclose any details of the arrangements leading up to the burial.’
    • ‘When all the arrangements had been made, I told the undertaker, whom Papa called Digger, that I wanted to see my father.’
    • ‘When she died, her father arranged for the undertaker to pick up her body from the hospital on a Saturday.’
    • ‘The local undertaker carried the body into town for embalming, then returned it to the ranch where it was laid out in the living room.’
    • ‘Michael served as an auctioneer from 1955 to 1997 and as a funeral undertaker and shopkeeper up to the time of his death.’
    • ‘The package includes services provided by the state mortuary, contracted undertakers, transport of the body, coffin and religious minister.’
    • ‘When we went into the undertaker to arrange a grave, they said it had all been taken care of.’
    • ‘There are 30 undertakers and about 8,500 funerals held a year in Dublin.’
    • ‘The family undertakers receive the remains and prepare them, lovingly beautifying them in the white-tiled basement embalming room for the reassurance of the people left behind.’
    • ‘We can't do anything now, but in the morning I'll write to the doctor, her lawyer, and the undertaker.’
    funeral director
    upholder, blackmaster, cold cook, death-hunter
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