Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[uhn-der-tey-ker for 1; uhn-der-tey-ker for 2] /ˈʌn dərˌteɪ kər for 1; ˌʌn dərˈteɪ kər for 2/
a person who undertakes something.
Origin of undertaker
1350-1400; Middle English; see undertake, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for undertaker
Historical Examples
  • Alphonse Giraud and I swore to the clothing—indeed, the linen was marked plainly enough—and we left the undertaker to his work.

    Dross Henry Seton Merriman
  • In the passage downstairs they met the undertaker's men, who were coming in.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Dankmere, who had been closing up and piling together the undertaker's camp-chairs, looked around at the younger man.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • "I'm so glad it isn't an undertaker we have to call for," put in Grace, with a shudder.

  • Strictly speaking, there is no undertaker or business man in a corporation.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • The undertaker saw him and whipped a revolver out of his hip-pocket.

  • It is not without reason that the French undertaker ambushes beneath the imposing style of Pompes Funbres.

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
  • It would spoil the paper, and do nobody any good but the coroner and the undertaker!

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Every undertaker refused to take him, because they could not match him.

  • No undertaker was called, for in that small settlement one would not have been supported.

    A Cousin's Conspiracy Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for undertaker


a person whose profession is the preparation of the dead for burial or cremation and the management of funerals; funeral director
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for undertaker

c.1400, "a contractor or projector of any sort," agent noun from undertake (v.). The specialized sense (1690s) emerged from funeral-undertaker.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for undertaker

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for undertaker