mor·ti·cian | \mȯr-ˈti-shən \

Definition of mortician 

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Examples of mortician in a Sentence

the mortician will take care of all of the arrangements for the funeral

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An African American mortician later identified 30 bullet holes in James’s body. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018 The mortician’s work had turned Mary, so vivacious in life, into a stranger. Mike Newall,, "Port Richmond makeup artist readies overdose victims for their 'last goodbye' | Mike Newall," 29 June 2018 The first thing Edward officially bought was a small piece of tanned skin from a 19th century murderer, inscribed by the mortician who prepared him for burial. Orlando Sentinel,, "PODCAST: Ripley's 'buyer of stuff' shares insider's look at job – believe it or not (Ep. 34)," 7 June 2018 Retherford, who also works as a mortician’s assistant, has tried to put the embarrassing incident behind him. Keith Bierygolick,, "Year after OVI arrest, Republican lawmaker Wes Retherford loses primary to Sara Carruthers," 8 May 2018 In 1996 in the small town of Carthage, Texas, a local mortician murdered the town’s wealthiest heiress, stuffed her corpse in a freezer, and spent her money. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Bernie Is the Best True Crime Black Comedy on Netflix," 2 Apr. 2018 Then came flight school, and building hours by transporting bodies to and from Fort Worth for a mortician; Bass was paid $5 an hour and flew a two-seat, D model Bonanza. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why There Aren't More Female Pilots," 8 Mar. 2018 Idaho mortician and Serenity Funeral Chapel owner Heidi Heil talks about the decline in traditional funerals, the rise in cheaper cremations and the need to build her business into event hosting. Heather Kennison, idahostatesman, "Funeral homes are becoming like event centers. This mortician wants a liquor license," 19 Feb. 2018 Perhaps the most affecting memory is that of civil rights leader Xernona Clayton, who recalls taking out her powder compact to disguise the clumsy work of the mortician on King's face, when his body lay in state at Spelman College. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'King in the Wilderness': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mortician

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mortician

Latin mort-, mors death

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English Language Learners Definition of mortician

: a person whose job is to prepare dead people to be buried and to arrange and manage funerals


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