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: 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 It's also obsessed with funeral rites and mortuary practices, to keep ghouls from rising out of unkempt and abandoned graves. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2022 The Rep’s first home theater was a converted mortuary chapel in downtown San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2022 Fowles studied mortuary science on and off during her playing career and will eventually return to school. New York Times, 8 May 2022 His future ambitions are to offer a free hospice and mortuary service in Mogadishu and to expand the ambulance service beyond the capital, eventually catering to the entire country. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Kwok Hoi-bong, chairman of the Funeral Business Association, said that public mortuary refrigerators are so overwhelmed that temporary ones had to be installed outside the facilities. Shibani Mahtani And Theodora Yu, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2022 During his peaceful and prosperous reign, Amenhotep III built his mortuary temple in the ancient city of Thebes along the Nile River, now modern-day Luxor. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Jan. 2022 Archaeologists in Egypt recently rediscovered two sphinxes that guarded the mortuary temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, the grandfather of Tutankhamun. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2022 These mortuary tablets represent people who migrated from Vietnam to Japan with the promise of a job or education. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mironov died in Russian custody on April 23, his family said; his remains were shipped to a mortuary in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Parents were asked to come to a mortuary to identify their children. Gerald Imray, ajc, 27 June 2022 Parents were asked to come to a mortuary to identify their children. Gerald Imray, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 The primary funder was the Latin American Civic and Cultural Committee, a group headed by Zeferino and Julia Ramirez, a father-and-daughter duo who ran a pioneering mortuary and funeral home on the Eastside. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 Visitation will begin on Tuesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2022 The convoy escorted the body of Darin Banks, 26, on Friday from Modesto to a mortuary in his home city of Red Bluff, 125 miles north of Sacramento. Fox News, 13 May 2022 The same night, a body landed in the local mortuary with wounds all over. Supriya Sharma, Quartz, 15 Apr. 2022 Authorities have placed 50 repurposed storage containers in a parking deck near an overflowing public mortuary to house 2,300 bodies. Dan Strumpf And Elaine Yu, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 Jul 2022

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“Mortuary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mortuary. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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