Definition of charnel house noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


charnel house

BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːnl haʊs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrnl haʊs//
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a place used in the past for keeping dead human bodies or bones Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Middle English charnel ‘burying place’, from Old French, from medieval Latin carnale, from late Latin carnalis ‘relating to flesh’, from caro, carn- ‘flesh’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: charnel house