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 Several dozen police SUVs, with their lights flashing, lined the street across from the mortuary ahead of the procession's arrival. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 John Solano, the facility’s infection control officer, said early in the pandemic, mortuary workers were too afraid to come into the facility to take the bodies of those who died. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2021 This evidence suggests that the mortuary behaviors of modern humans in Africa differed from those of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Eurasia, who commonly buried their dead in residential sites. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 5 May 2021 In the 57-minute film, Bryant, chief embalmer at Lewis Funeral Home, mentors intern Clarence Pierre, then a student in the San Antonio College mortuary science program. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Apr. 2021 The body was taken to a mortuary and later tested positive for Covid-19, according to RNZ. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 Amber Chase, of El Paso, Texas, served three deployments in Afghanistan as a mortuary affairs soldier. Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2021 Archaeologists discovered the city in September while searching for a mortuary temple. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Apr. 2021 The original goal of the mission was to find King Tutankhamun’s mortuary temple, said the statement. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After New's body, draped in an American flag, was taken out of the hearse and escorted into the mortuary, the crowd exchanged hugs and handshakes, talking with each other for a few minutes before dispersing. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 On March 4, his sister received a police summons to the Monywa mortuary. New York Times, 25 May 2021 Mayor Bill de Blasio created the temporary mortuary, on the Brooklyn waterfront, at the height of the pandemic in April 2020. Paul Berger, WSJ, 13 May 2021 His dad also managed a few groups and owned a venue in Greenville, Stonewall Music Hall, that was once a mortuary. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 3 May 2021 On the night of January 10th, Dinh said, a funeral-services company picked up the casket at the Tontouta airport and drove it to the mortuary. Meg Bernhard, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2021 The scene at the police mortuary in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, on March 3, 1976, remains clear in the mind of former Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg. Julia Hollingsworth And Adam Renton, CNN, 13 Mar. 2021 For more than six weeks, a reporter and a photographer were allowed by Ms. Maldonado, her employees and the relatives of those who died to document the inner workings of the mortuary and the heartache of funeral after funeral after funeral. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, the Englander house will be combined into a 17-unit building with an old mortuary next door at its new location. NBC News, 22 Feb. 2021

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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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“Mortuary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mortuary. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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mortuary

adjective

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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