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undertaker

[uhn-der-tey-ker for 1; uhn-der-tey-ker for 2] /ˈʌn dərˌteɪ kər for 1; ˌʌn dərˈteɪ kər for 2/
noun
2.
a person who undertakes something.
Origin of undertaker
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see undertake, -er1
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  • 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
  • Near the stove at the back the undertaker's helpers were finishing their lunch.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • 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 through with that undertaker postmaster or any other go-between.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Strictly speaking, there is no undertaker or business man in a corporation.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • I wanted to bring them along but Dr. Hewitt said it'd be the surest way to the undertaker.

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

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
  • Even an undertaker's job is unpleasant but somebody's got to do it.

    Rescue Squad Thomas J. O'Hara
  • Every undertaker refused to take him, because they could not match him.

  • He looked to Barbara like an undertaker who mourned the stagnation of trade.

    Cruel Barbara Allen David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for undertaker

undertaker

/ˈʌndəˌteɪkə/
noun
1.
a person whose profession is the preparation of the dead for burial or cremation and the management of funerals; funeral director
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Word Origin and History for undertaker
n.

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

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