Mortuary meaning

môrcho͝o-ĕrē
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Of or connected with death.
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Of, or relating to death or a funeral; funereal.
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A place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation.
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(historical) A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner.
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A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.
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Of or relating to burial practices.
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Relating to or characteristic of death.
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A place where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation, as a morgue or funeral home.
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Of or having to do with the burial of the dead.
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Origin of mortuary

  • 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 mer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary