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[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
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Examples from the web for undertaker
  • The street as a playground is a heavy contributor to the undertaker's bank account in more than one way.
  • He speaks in short, elliptical snatches and views life with the detached outlook of an undertaker.
  • The film treats the emptiness of her life with the delicacy of an undertaker.
  • Her first client was an undertaker, for whom she did collections.
  • But this was a round-trip for the undertaker, don't forget.
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
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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.

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