Definition of mortuary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɔːtʃəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrtʃueri//
    (pl. mortuaries) Hospitals, Death
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  1. 1a room or building, for example part of a hospital, in which dead bodies are kept before they are buried or cremated (= burned) They put the body in the hospital mortuary. See related entries: Hospitals, Death
  2. 2(North American English) = funeral parlour He works at the public mortuary.
  3. compare morgue
    Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a gift claimed by a parish priest from a deceased person's estate): from Latin mortuarius, from mortuus ‘dead’. The current noun sense dates from the mid 19th cent.
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