[ mawr-choo-er-ee ]
/ ˈmɔr tʃuˌɛr i /

noun, plural mor·tu·ar·ies.

a customary gift formerly claimed by and due to the incumbent of a parish in England from the estate of a deceased parishioner.


of or relating to the burial of the dead.
pertaining to or connected with death.


Nearby words

  1. morton's syndrome,
  2. morton, jelly roll,
  3. morton, levi parsons,
  4. morton, william thomas green,
  5. mortsafe,
  6. morula,
  7. morulavirus,
  8. morus,
  9. morvan's disease,
  10. morwong

Origin of mortuary

1350–1400; Middle English mortuarie < Medieval Latin mortuārium, noun use of neuter of Latin mortuārius of the dead, equivalent to mortu(us) dead + -ārius -ary

Related formspre·mor·tu·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mortuary


/ (ˈmɔːtʃʊərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

Also called: morgue a building where dead bodies are kept before cremation or burial


of or relating to death or burial

Word Origin for mortuary

C14 (as n, a funeral gift to a parish priest): via Medieval Latin mortuārium (n) from Latin mortuārius of the dead

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Word Origin and History for mortuary
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Medicine definitions for mortuary


[ môrchōō-ĕr′ē ]


A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.

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