1. Born after the death of the father, or taken from the dead body of the mother; as, a posthumous son or daughter.

2. Published after the death of the author; as, posthumous works; a posthumous edition.

3. Being or continuing after one's death; as, a posthumous reputation.

Origin: L. Posthumus, postumus, properly, last; hence, late born (applied to children born after the father's death, or after he had made his will), superl. Of posterus, posterior. See Posterior.

(01 Mar 1998)