[mawr-tish-uh n]


Origin of mortician

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; mort(uary) + -ician Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of mortician

  • Marry Miss Dutton, and you'll be a scarecrow within a year, and require the services of the mortician within two!

    Bunch Grass

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • The really smart way nowadays of bidding good-bye to the world is to go to the establishment of a "mortician."

    Turns about Town

    Robert Cortes Holliday

  • Here I discovered that to the mind of the mortician towels belong to the Dark Ages.

    Turns about Town

    Robert Cortes Holliday

  • I remember one who was studying to become a mortician and he got several very expensive books on the subject.

  • He had to go back and take the sleeping medicine to be ready for the arrival of the mortician in the morning.

    No Strings Attached

    Lester del Rey

British Dictionary definitions for mortician



mainly US another word for undertaker

Word Origin for mortician

C19: from mortuary + -ician, as in physician
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mortician

1895, American English, coined from mortuary + -ician, as in physician.

An undertaker will no longer be known as an "undertaker and embalmer." In the future he will be known as the "mortician." This was decided on at the second day's meeting of the Funeral Directors' Association of Kentucky, which was held in Louisville. ["The Medical Herald," July 1895]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper