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mor·tu·ar·y

 (môr′cho͞o-ĕr′ē)
n. pl. mor·tu·ar·ies
A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.
adj.
1. Of or relating to burial practices.
2. Relating to or characteristic of death.

[Middle English mortuarie, gift to a parish priest from the estate of the deceased, funeral service, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin mortuārium, receptacle for dead things, neuter of mortuārius, of the dead, from mortuus, dead, past participle of morī, to die; see mer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

mortuary

(ˈmɔːtʃʊərɪ)
n, pl -aries
(Medicine) Also called: morgue a building where dead bodies are kept before cremation or burial
adj
of or relating to death or burial
[C14 (as n, a funeral gift to a parish priest): via Medieval Latin mortuārium (n) from Latin mortuārius of the dead]

mor•tu•ar•y

(ˈmɔr tʃuˌɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies,
adj. n. adj.
2. of or pertaining to burial of the dead.
3. pertaining to or connected with death.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin mortuārium, n. use of neuter of Latin mortuārius of the dead =mortu(us) dead + -ārius -ary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mortuary - a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremationmortuary - a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
crematorium, crematory - a mortuary where corpses are cremated
funeral chapel, funeral church, funeral home, funeral parlor, funeral parlour, funeral-residence - a mortuary where those who knew the deceased can come to pay their last respects
Adj.1.mortuary - of or relating to or characteristic of death
2.mortuary - of or relating to a funeral

mortuary

noun morgue, funeral home (U.S.), funeral parlour The bodies were taken to a mortuary.
Translations
مكان حِفْظ جُثَث المَوتى قَبْل دَفْنِها
márnice
kapel
halottasháztetemnézõ
líkhús
lavoninė
kapličamorgs
funerariummortuarium
cenaze evimorg

mortuary

[ˈmɔːtjʊərɪ]
A. Ndepósito m de cadáveres
B. ADJmortuorio

mortuary

[ˈmɔːrtʃuəri] nmorgue f

mortuary

nLeichenhalle f

mortuary

[ˈmɔːtjʊərɪ] ncamera mortuaria

mortuary

(moːtʃuəri) plural ˈmortuaries noun
a building or room eg in a hospital, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.

mor·tu·ar·y

n. mortuorio, funeraria.

mortuary

n (pl -ries) (funeral home) funeraria; (morgue) morgue f, depósito de cadáveres
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He longed to see the curious table-napkins wrought for the Priest of the Sun, on which were displayed all the dainties and viands that could be wanted for a feast; the mortuary cloth of King Chilperic, with its three hundred golden bees; the fantastic robes that excited the indignation of the Bishop of Pontus and were figured with "lions, panthers, bears, dogs, forests, rocks, hunters--all, in fact, that a painter can copy from nature"; and the coat that Charles of Orleans once wore, on the sleeves of which were embroidered the verses of a song beginning "Madame, je suis tout joyeux," the musical accompaniment of the words being wrought in gold thread, and each note, of square shape in those days, formed with four pearls.
The rector, assisted by one discreet choirboy, said the mortuary mass.
It is needless to say that the dead steersman has been reverently removed from the place where he held his honourable watch and ward till death, a steadfastness as noble as that of the young Casabianca, and placed in the mortuary to await inquest.
And the four friends quit the room, leaving to Planchet and Fourreau the duty of paying mortuary honors to Brisemont.
The monument to the doge Giovanni Pesaro, in this church, is a curiosity in the way of mortuary adornment.
It seemed to him that the voice of the bishop's, but just now so playful and gay, had become funereal and sad; that the wax lights changed into the tapers of a mortuary chapel, the very glasses of wine into chalices of blood.
You shall see the body at the mortuary, but we have made nothing of it up to now.
And, after that, he took them one dark night and left them in the parish mortuary.
The body had better be removed to the station mortuary," he said at last.
You may observe this movement in women when, in a mortuary chapel, the coffin is borne up the aisle behind them.
The person who requires so much typographic space was at this time occupying an area five feet six in length by thirty-six inches in width in a bed, his head adorned with a cotton night-cap tied on by flame-colored ribbons; attended by Despleins, the King's surgeon, and young doctor Bianchon, flanked by two old female relatives, surrounded by phials of all kinds, bandages, appliances, and various mortuary instruments, and watched over by the curate of Saint-Roch, who was advising him to think of his salvation.
Then, after a lunch in the servants' hall at Queen's Crawley, the gentry's carriages wheeled off to their different destinations: then the undertaker's men, taking the ropes, palls, velvets, ostrich feathers, and other mortuary properties, clambered up on the roof of the hearse and rode off to Southampton.