charnel house


noun

a house or place in which the bodies or bones of the dead are deposited.

Origin of charnel house

First recorded in 1550–60
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Related Words for charnel house

morgue, ossuary, charnel, ossuarium

Examples from the Web for charnel house

Historical Examples of charnel house

  • It was as if a cold wind, a blast from the charnel-house, had swept through the car.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • This first impression ever remained in my mind: I regarded it as a charnel-house.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • Death felt it to his inwards: 'twas too much: Death fell a weeping in his charnel-house.

    Endymion

    John Keats

  • The drawer was a charnel-house of gloves and mittens and veils.

  • A curious early fifteenth-century rhyme is associated with this charnel-house.


British Dictionary definitions for charnel house

charnel house

noun

(esp formerly) a building or vault where corpses or bones are deposited
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