What does mortuary mean?

Definitions for mortuary
ˈmɔr tʃuˌɛr imor·tu·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. morgue, mortuary, dead roomadjective

    a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation

  2. mortuaryadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of death

  3. mortuaryadjective

    of or relating to a funeral


  1. Mortuarynoun

    A funeral home.


  1. mortuarynoun

    a place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation

  2. mortuarynoun

    a morgue

  3. mortuaryadjective

    of, or relating to death or a funeral; funereal

  4. Etymology: From mortuarie, from mortuarium, neuter form of mortuarius, from mortuus, perfect passive participle of morior.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mortuarynoun

    A gift left by a man at his death to his parish church, for the recompence of his personal tythes and offerings not duly paid in his life-time. John Harris

    Etymology: mortuaire, Fr. mortuarium, Latin.


  1. mortuary

    A morgue or mortuary (in a hospital or elsewhere) is a place used for the storage of human corpses awaiting identification (ID), removal for autopsy, respectful burial, cremation or other methods of disposal. In modern times, corpses have customarily been refrigerated to delay decomposition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortuaryadjective

    a sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty

  2. Mortuaryadjective

    a burial place; a place for the dead

  3. Mortuaryadjective

    a place for the reception of the dead before burial; a deadhouse; a morgue

  4. Mortuaryadjective

    of or pertaining to the dead; as, mortuary monuments

  5. Etymology: [LL. mortuarium. See Mortuary, a.]


  1. Mortuary

    Mortuary is a 2005 American zombie film directed by Tobe Hooper. It stars Dan Byrd, Alexandra Adi and Denise Crosby.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mortuary

    mort′ū-ar-i, n. adj. belonging to the burial of the dead.—n. a burial-place, place for the temporary reception of the dead: a gift claimed by the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. [Low L.,—L. mortuus, dead, mori, to die.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortuary in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mortuary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of mortuary in a Sentence

  1. Elisabeth Hildebrand:

    By constructing the mortuary cavity, people created a shared space where community members could be placed all together, without any sign of certain individuals being given primacy.

  2. Julius Mucunguzi:

    There are wards which were completely washed away. The mortuary was swept away. You wouldn't know that once upon a time there was a mortuary there. The drugs and drug stores were washed away.

  3. Ram Kishan Yadav:

    These body parts were to be shifted to the district hospital mortuary, but we don't know how they have since been kept here in the police station, an investigation is still ongoing.

  4. Cal Potter:

    They were devastated three days later when they went to the mortuary and learned that Carlos had ... multiple gunshot wounds to his face and upper body.

  5. Andre Strauss:

    This ritualized decapitation attests to the early sophistication of mortuary rituals among hunter-gatherers in the Americas, geographically, it expands the known range of decapitation in more than 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles), showing that during the early Holocene, this was not a phenomenon restricted to the western part of the continent as previously assumed.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. elusive
    • B. foreordained
    • C. arbitrary
    • D. epidemic

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