noun Date: 15th century 1. one that undertakes ; one that takes the risk and management of business ; entrepreneur 2. one whose business is to prepare the dead for burial and to arrange and manage funerals 3. an Englishman taking over forfeited lands in Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries

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  • undertaker — c.1400, a contractor or projector of any sort, agent noun from UNDERTAKE (Cf. undertake) (v.). The specialized sense (1690s) emerged from funeral undertaker …   Etymology dictionary

  • Undertaker — Un der*tak er, n. 1. One who undertakes; one who engages in any project or business. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. One who stipulates or covenants to perform any work for another; a contractor. [1913 Webster] To sign deputations for undertakes to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • undertaker — [n] funeral director embalmer, grave digger, mortician; concept 304 …   New thesaurus

  • undertaker — ► NOUN ▪ a person whose business is preparing dead bodies for burial or cremation and making arrangements for funerals …   English terms dictionary

  • undertaker — [un΄dər tā′kər; ] for 2 [ un′dər tā΄kər] n. 1. a person who undertakes something 2. FUNERAL DIRECTOR: a somewhat old fashioned usage …   English World dictionary

  • Undertaker — Mark Calaway Pour les articles homonymes, voir The Undertaker. Mark William Calaway …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Undertaker — Mark William Calaway Daten Ringname(n) The Undertaker Mean Mark Callous Texas Red The Punisher M …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • undertaker — UK [ˈʌndə(r)ˌteɪkə(r)] / US [ˈʌndərˌteɪkər] noun [countable] Word forms undertaker : singular undertaker plural undertakers someone whose job is to make arrangements for funerals …   English dictionary

  • undertaker — noun /ʌndəˈteɪkə/ a) A funeral director; someone whose business is to manage funerals, burials and cremations In 1588 becomes an undertaker in the first Elizabethan plantation, receiving the forfeited Irish estate of Kilcolman Castle. b) a person …   Wiktionary

  • undertaker — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)teɪkə(r)[/t]] undertakers N COUNT An undertaker is a person whose job is to deal with the bodies of people who have died and to arrange funerals. Syn: funeral director …   English dictionary

  • undertaker — noun in those days, an epidemic of the flu would have the undertaker working around the clock Syn: funeral director, mortician …   Thesaurus of popular words

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