Definition of charnel
: a building or chamber in which bodies or bones are deposited —called also charnel house
Origin of charnel
Middle English, from Anglo-French carnel, charnel, probably alteration of charner, from Medieval Latin carnarium, from Latin carn-, caro flesh — more at carnal
First Known Use: 14th century
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