1. Occurring or continuing after one's death: a posthumous award.
2. Published after the writer's death: a posthumous book.
3. Born after the death of the father: a posthumous child.
[Middle English posthumus, from Late Latin, alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin humus, earth or humāre, to bury) of postumus, superlative of posterus, coming after; see POSTERIOR.]
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