American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.
- adj. Of or relating to burial practices.
- adj. Relating to or characteristic of death.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the burial of the dead.
- n. In law, a sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by and due to the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty. Mortuaries, where due by custom, were recoverable in the ecclesiastical courts.
- n. A burial-place.
- n. A place for the temporary reception of the dead; a dead-house.
- n. A memorial of the death of some beloved or revered person; especially, in the seventeenth century, a sword bearing some emblem of the wearer's devotion to the memory of Charles I. and the cause of royalty.
- adj. of, or relating to death or a funeral; funereal
- n. a place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation
- n. a morgue
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty.
- n. A burial place; a place for the dead.
- n. A place for the reception of the dead before burial; a deadhouse; a morgue.
- n. A funeral home.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the dead.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of death
- adj. of or relating to a funeral
- n. a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
- From Anglo-Norman mortuarie ("gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner"), from Medieval Latin mortuārium ("receptacle for the dead; mortuary"), neuter form of mortuārius ("of or pertaining to the dead"), from Latin mortuus, perfect passive participle of morior ("I die"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mortuarie, gift to a parish priest from the estate of the deceased, funeral service, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin mortuārium, receptacle for dead things, neuter of mortuārius, of the dead, from mortuus, dead, past participle of morī, to die; see mer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The night she died, I called the mortuary and two greasy young men in black suits came with a gurney.”
“Reports from Iraq this June showed that Baghdad’s main mortuary had already received the bodies of more than 6,000 people since that start of 2006, most killed violently and probably due to sectarian killings, which many would see as terrorism.”
“The southern Maryland newspaper that first reported Billy's death cryptically noted that one must call the mortuary for funeral arrangements.”
“They do have to get it signed over to a mortuary, that is between the hours of 6: 00 and 12: 00 midnight local time.”
“He called the mortuary crew as soon as I got my pictures and rolled a set of prints.”
“The mortuary was a long shed with a big roll-up door standing open.”
“The mortuary is a catchment for the dead from settlements on the strife-torn East Rand near Johannesburg, including the twin townships of Tokoza and Katlehong which have become the focus of violence sweeping the country.”
“Naturally the theme I had chosen for the mortuary was the Book of the Dead, that detailed map and description of the route to the underworld that Pharaoh's shade must follow, and the depictions of all the trials and dangers he would confront along the way.”
“The mortuary was a modern one, like the greater part of the city and all its public buildings.”
“In the fourteenth century this custom greatly increased, and small additional side aisles and transepts were often annexed to churches and called mortuary chapels; these were used indeed as chantries, but they were more independent in their constitution, and in general more ample in their endowments.”
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