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Syllabification: mor·tu·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈmôrCHəˌwerē

Definition of mortuary in English:

noun (plural mortuaries)

A funeral home or morgue.
Example sentences
  • The funeral home and mortuary had been in our family for decades.
  • Those who work at the Department of Defense's only mortuary in the continental United States see firsthand a grim reality of war.
  • The bodies keep coming to this mortuary in the southern Indian city of Chennai.
funeral parlor, funeral home;


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Of or relating to burial or tombs: mortuary rituals a mortuary temple
More example sentences
  • Burial monuments and other mortuary rituals are often costly and elaborate.
  • One interpretation is that the cave became a focus for mortuary rituals, including the defleshing of the dead.
  • From here, the burial cortège, priests and visitors would pass through ceremonial halls onto a causeway that ascended the desert escarpment to the mortuary temple, built against the east face of the pyramid.


late 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 century.

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