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mortuary

adjective mor·tu·ary \ ˈmȯr-chə-ˌwer-ē , -chü-ˌer- \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of mortuary

1 : of or relating to the burial of the dead
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of death

Examples of mortuary in a Sentence

  1. the huge department store's mortuary atmosphere in its sad, last weeks of operation

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Origin and Etymology of mortuary

Latin mortuarius of the dead, from mortuus dead


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mortuary

noun

Definition of mortuary

plural mortuaries
: a place in which dead bodies are kept until burial; especially : funeral home

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First Known Use of mortuary

1865

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MORTUARY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mortuary for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to death or burial


Medical Dictionary

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mortuary

adjective mor·tu·ary \ ˈmȯr-chə-ˌwer-ē \

medical Definition of mortuary

1 : of or relating to the burial of the dead
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of death

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mortuary

noun

medical Definition of mortuary

plural mortuaries
: a place in which dead bodies are kept and prepared for burial or cremation


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