mortuary

adjective
mor·​tu·​ary | \ ˈmȯr-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce mortuary (audio) , -chü-ˌer- \

Definition of mortuary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mortuary

noun
plural mortuaries

Definition of mortuary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for mortuary

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of mortuary in a Sentence

Adjective the huge department store's mortuary atmosphere in its sad, last weeks of operation
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Only those in the household, the mortuary staff and a pastor or other religious officiant can be present at the funeral. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Is husband’s bad attitude about small things indicative of a larger problem?," 27 June 2020 Born in 1960, in North Carolina, Stephens earned her degree in mortuary science in 1988. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Three People at the Center of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision," 16 June 2020 The mortuary page lists Bui's name as Tri Huu Bui, and on his Facebook page, Bui's name is Trev Bui. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "One of the first to die in Arizona from COVID-19 was a Phoenix city executive who loved travel, mentored others," 5 June 2020 Cause of death The mortuary page lists Bui's name as Tri Huu Bui, and on his Facebook page, Bui's name is Trev Bui. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "One of the first to die in Arizona from COVID-19 was a Phoenix city executive who loved travel, mentored others," 5 June 2020 Local media reported that the body remained in the vehicle while a mortuary attendant brought a different body into the church and that’s when the SUV was stolen. John Antczak, BostonGlobe.com, "Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase," 27 Feb. 2020 To the left, large industrial refrigerators with a storage capacity of up to 400 bodies are lined up back to back, facing a large tarp curtain that covers the mortuary washing table. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "In U.K., Hard-Hit Minority Communities Struggle to Bury the Dead," 10 May 2020 These jobs include health care workers, health care personnel, and morgue or mortuary workers. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "Here are the safety measures businesses should adopt if operating during the coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 As the sun set, Kim Zambito, a funeral director at Sherman’s Flatbush Memorial Chapel, in Midwood, Brooklyn, entered through the mortuary’s back door, wearing jeans and a baseball cap. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, which removed the body from the graveyard and took it to a mortuary. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 12, 2020," 12 June 2020 New mortuary opens In the fight against disease, the dead are rarely thought of as an active part of war. Popular Science, "Autopsies provide crucial information for fighting COVID-19," 3 May 2020 In March, the federal government sent refrigerated trucks to act as interim mortuaries as the city grappled with hundreds of coronavirus deaths. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Dozens of bodies found stacked in unrefrigerated U-Haul trucks outside of funeral home during pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 Two mortuaries confirmed handling arrangements for Sapphire residents. Justin Price, azcentral, "Many of Pima County's coronavirus deaths are from a single Tucson nursing home, source says," 18 Apr. 2020 During the peak of the coronavirus deaths in London last month, Ahmed brought six to his mortuary on a single day. William Booth, Washington Post, "An undertaker’s view of London’s coronavirus outbreak," 18 May 2020 In addition to people donating food and money, as is customary during the month, many mosques have stepped up in the fight against the coronavirus, with some operating as makeshift hospices, mortuaries, and food banks. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Tensions Underlying Pakistan’s Ramadan Decision," 7 May 2020 Safety is paramount Bell isn't sure how many deceased with COVID-19 have been in his mortuary. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "How an Indiana mortuary cares for those who died of the coronavirus while staying safe," 29 Apr. 2020 In the meantime, said Thomas Von Essen, the agency’s regional administrator, the U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to send 42 mortuary affairs officers to help the medical examiner’s office to run the mobile morgues. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "New York City Deploys 45 Mobile Morgues as Virus Strains Funeral Homes," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mortuary

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mortuary

Adjective

Latin mortuarius of the dead, from mortuus dead

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The first known use of mortuary was in the 15th century

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10 Jul 2020

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“Mortuary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mortuary. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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mortuary

adjective
How to pronounce mortuary (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mortuary

formal : of or relating to death or burial

mortuary

adjective
mor·​tu·​ary | \ ˈmȯr-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce mortuary (audio) \

Medical Definition of mortuary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mortuary

noun
plural mortuaries

Medical Definition of mortuary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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