Definition of mortuary in English:


Line breaks: mor|tu¦ary
Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːtjʊəri
, -tʃʊ-/

noun (plural mortuaries)


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  • Relating to burial or tombs: mortuary rituals a mortuary temple
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    • 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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