- funeral home.
- 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.
Origin of mortuary
Examples from the Web for mortuary
Having spent 11 hours in cold storage, she began moving around within her body bag, where mortuary staff found her alive and well.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
After fifteen minutes of CPR he is pronounced dead and taken to a mortuary, where attendants see him breathing.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
Maddox served in Iraq as a mortuary affairs specialist during the 2004 siege of Fallujah.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
One “gallant old doctor” says he finds it unsuitable she is in a mortuary.
In one mortuary, she observes the very hairy body of a dead fascist, “the nearest human thing I have ever seen to a gorilla.”
I've got to go to the trunk-room for her at this hour, and it next door to the mortuary!K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A mortuary, a dissecting-chamber, or a pantomime property-room?The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
A reference to the mortuary tables removes all doubt on this point.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
This was received with acclaim, but many objected to the mortuary theory.The Re-echo Club
Vassily knew about the bags, and that was why the mortuary served his purposes.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
- Also called: morgue a building where dead bodies are kept before cremation or burial
- of or relating to death or burial
Word Origin and History for mortuary
early 14c., from Anglo-French mortuarie "gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner," from Medieval Latin mortuarium, noun use of neuter of Late Latin adjective mortuarius "pertaining to the dead," from Latin mortuus, past participle of mori "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). Meaning "place where bodies are kept temporarily" first recorded 1865, a euphemism for earlier deadhouse.
1510s, "pertaining to death," from Late Latin mortuarius "of the dead," from Latin mortuus "dead" (see mortuary (n.)).
- A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.