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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An establishment in which the dead are prepared for burial or cremation and in which wakes and funerals may be held.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mortuary where the friends and relatives of the deceased may attend a wake, or pay their last respects

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An establishment, usually commercial, where the bodies of dead persons are prepared for viewing before burial or cremation; called also funeral parlor, mortuary, funeral chapel and informally, undertaker's. The body may or may not be preserved by embalming before viewing or burial, and in some cases the body is not exposed for viewing, though present in a casket. Often, some form of memorial service is held for the deceased at the funeral home, where friends and relatives may come to pay their respects to the dead, and express condolence to the family. The work of preparation of the body and many other arrangements related to the funeral and burial are carried out by an undertaker or mortician who manages the funeral home.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mortuary where those who knew the deceased can come to pay their last respects

Etymologies

funeral +‎ home (Wiktionary)

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  • A funeral home, or mortuary, is a business that provides burial and funeral services for the deceased and their families. These services may include a prepared wake and funeral, and the provision of a chapel for the funeral.
    _Wikipedia

    Also called a funeral parlor

    February 3, 2008