[ 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.


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 forms

pre·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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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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