from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A list of people who have died, especially in the recent past or during a specific period.
  • noun An obituary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A register of persons, as members of a society, etc., who die within a certain time; an obituary, or a collection of obituary notices.
  • noun Formerly, in religious houses, a book which contained the names of persons for whose souls prayer was to be offered, as founders of the establishment, benefactors, and members.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An account of deaths, or of the dead; a register of deaths; a collection of obituary notices.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A church register containing the names of those connected with the church who have died.
  • noun A listing of people who have died during a specific period of time.
  • noun A notice of death; an obituary.
  • noun The study of death or the dead.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography
  • noun a list of people who died recently


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From necro- + -logy.


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  • See obituary.

    July 27, 2008

  • A Christmas card list has a quality

    At first of good cheer and frivolity.

    By decades that column

    Grows more and more solemn

    And ossifies into necrology.

    May 25, 2018