late 14c., "death," from L. obitus
"death," pp. of obire
, lit. "to go toward" (see obituary
). In modern usage (since 1874) it is usually a clipped form of obituary,
though it had the same meaning of "published death notice" 15c.-17c. The scholarly abbreviation ob.
with date is from L. obiit
"(he) died," third person sing. of obire