American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A building, room, or vault in which the bones or bodies of the dead are placed; a charnel.
- n. A scene or place of great physical suffering and loss of life: The bombing turned the barracks into a charnel house.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place, usually under or near a church, where the bones of the dead are deposited; formerly, and still in parts of Brittany, a kind of portico or gallery, in or near a churchyard, over which the bones of the dead were laid after the flesh was consumed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. a tomb, vault, cemetery, or other place where the bones of the dead are deposited; originally, a place for the bones thrown up when digging new graves in old burial grounds.
- n. a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
“Gregori taking off with Henriques and Mary towards the realisation of his megalomaniac's dream, secure in the knowledge that he was leaving a charnel house behind.”
“The charnel house was near the north porch of the Cathedral, and stood on or near the site of the present Precentor's house.”
“Bishop Carpenter made a library in the charnel house chantry, and endowed it with £10 for a librarian.”
“He certainly smelled dead, the fetid stench of the charnel house emanated from him like a foul miasma of evil, as they say in the books.”
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