charnel house definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A building, room, or vault in which the bones or bodies of the dead are placed; a charnel.
- A scene or place of great physical suffering and loss of life: The bombing turned the barracks into a charnel house.
Variant of charnel
- Obsolete a cemetery
- a building or place where corpses or bones are depositedin full charnel house
Origin: Old French ; from Late Latin carnale, graveyard; neuter of Ecclesiastical Late Latin carnalis, carnal
of, like, or fit for a charnel