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epitaph

noun

  1. (inscription)  an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
    Type of: inscription
  2. (memorial)  a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person
    Type of: memorial

Etymology summary

Old French epitaphe (12th century) and directly from Medieval Latin epitaphium...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Epitaph

a short text honoring a deceased person, strictly speaking that is inscribed on their tombstone or plaque, but also used figuratively. Some are specified by the dead person beforehand, others chosen by those responsible for the burial. An epitaph may... (40 of 1108 words, 6 images)

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Epitaph (disambiguation)

an inscription honoring a deceased person, usually on a tombstone or plaque. Epitaph may also refer to: Epitaph (film), a 2007 South Korean film | Epitaph (comic book series), an American comic book series | In music: "Epitaph", a song by British heavy... (41 of 188 words, 15 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

epitaph [poetic form]

an inscription in verse or prose upon a tomb; and, by extension, anything written as if to be inscribed on a tomb. Probably the earliest surviving are ... (27 of 720 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/190350​/epitaph

New World Dictionary:

epitaph | epitaphic [related]

an inscription on a tomb or gravestone in memory of the person buried there | a short composition in prose or verse, written as a tribute to a dead ... (28 of 62 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epitaph

Collins Dictionary:

epitaph

a commemorative inscription on a tombstone or monument | a speech or written passage composed in commemoration of a dead person | a final judgment on ... (24 of 485 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epitaph

Columbia Encyclopedia:

epitaph

strictly, an inscription on a tomb; by extension, a statement, usually in verse, commemorating the dead. The earliest such inscriptions are those ... (22 of 122 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0817509​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

epitaph | hic jacet [literary]

a phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone | something by which a person, time, ... (28 of 102 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/epitaph

Merriam-Webster:

epitaph | hic jacet [epitaph] | epitaphial [adjective, related] | epitaphic [adjective, related]

an inscription on or at a tomb or a grave in memory of the one buried there | a brief statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person or ... (27 of 99 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/epitaph

American Heritage Dictionary:

epitaph | epitaphic [adjective, related]

An inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there. | A brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person. (20 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epitaph

Wiktionary:

epitaph | epitaphs [plural] | epitaphed [past tense] | epitaphing [present participle]

An inscription on a gravestone in memory of the deceased. | A poem or other short text written in memory of a deceased person. | [intransitive] To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph. | [transitive] To commemorate by an epitaph. (40 of 49 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epitaph

Random House Dictionary:

epitaph

a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site. | a brief poem or other writing in praise of a ... (26 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/epitaph

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epitaph [countable] | epitaphs [plural]

a short piece of writing that honours a dead person, especially one written on their grave (16 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epitaph

Cambridge Dictionary:

epitaph

a short piece of writing or a poem about a dead person, especially one written on their gravestone (18 of 23 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epitaph

Encarta Dictionary:

epitaph | epitaphs [plural]

an inscription on a tombstone or monument commemorating the person buried there | a short speech or piece of writing celebrating the life of a ... (24 of 73 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608883​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

epitaph

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French epitaphe (12th century) and directly from Medieval Latin epitaphium "funeral oration, eulogy", from Greek epitaphion ... (19 of 49 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=epitaph

Oxford Dictionary:

epitaph

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French epitaphe, via Latin from Greek epitaphion "funeral oration", neuter of ephitaphios "over or ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/epitaph

Merriam-Webster:

epitaph

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English epitaphe, from Anglo-French and Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin epitaphium, from Latin, funeral ... (18 of 27 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/epitaph

New World Dictionary:

epitaph

Origin: Middle English and Old French epitaphe from Latin epitaphium, eulogy from Greek epitaphion from epi, upon, at + taphos, tomb from thaptein, to bury

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epitaph

Wiktionary:

epitaph | epitaphs [plural] | epitaphed [past tense] | epitaphing [present participle]

Origin: Old French epitafe, from Latin epitaphium ("eulogy"), from Ancient Greek ἐπιτάφιος (epitaphios, "relating to a funeral"), from ἐπί (epi, "over") + τάφος (taphos, "tomb").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epitaph

American Heritage Dictionary:

epitaph

Origin: Middle English, from Old French epitaphe, from Latin epitaphium, from Greek epitaphion, from neuter of epitaphios, ... (16 of 21 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epitaph

Collins Dictionary:

epitaph

First use: 14th century

Origin: via Latin from Greek epitaphion, from epitaphios over a tomb, from epi- + taphos tomb

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epitaph

Encarta Dictionary:

epitaph | epitaphs [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Greek epitaphion "something above a tomb or burial" from taphos "funeral ceremonies, tomb"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608883​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

epitaph | epitaphs [plural] | epitaphed [past tense] | epitaphing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epitaph"

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Collins Dictionary:

epitaph

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "epitaph"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "epitaph"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epitaph

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epitaph [countable] | epitaphs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "epitaph"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epitaph

Macmillan American Dictionary:

epitaph [countable] | epitaphs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epitaph"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/epitaph

Cambridge Dictionary:

epitaph

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "epitaph"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "epitaph"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epitaph

the Free Dictionary:

epitaph

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "epitaph"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "epitaph"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "epitaph" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

epitaph | epitaphs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "epitaph"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

epitaph

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epitaph"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=epitap​01 word=epitaph

YourDictionary Audio:

epitaph

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epitaph" by speech synthesizer

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