• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mortuary of or relating to a funeral
    • adj mortuary of or relating to or characteristic of death
    • n mortuary a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whoopi Goldberg was a mortuary cosmetologist and a bricklayer before becoming an actress.
    • Mortuary A funeral home.
    • Mortuary A burial place; a place for the dead.
    • Mortuary A place for the reception of the dead before burial; a deadhouse; a morgue.
    • Mortuary A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty.
    • a Mortuary Of or pertaining to the dead; as, mortuary monuments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mortuary Of or pertaining to the burial of the dead.
    • n mortuary In law, a sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by and due to the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner. It seems to have been originally a voluntary bequest or donation, intended to make amends for any failure in the payment of tithes of which the deceased had been guilty. Mortuaries, where due by custom, were recoverable in the ecclesiastical courts.
    • n mortuary A burial-place.
    • n mortuary A place for the temporary reception of the dead; a dead-house.
    • n mortuary A memorial of the death of some beloved or revered person; especially, in the seventeenth century, a sword bearing some emblem of the wearer's devotion to the memory of Charles I. and the cause of royalty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Mortuary mort′ū-ar-i belonging to the burial of the dead
    • n Mortuary a burial-place, place for the temporary reception of the dead: a gift claimed by the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mortuarius, fr. mortuus, dead: cf. F. mortuaire,. See Mortal


In literature:

Before evening a mortuary van, with two men, appeared from Heathfield and removed the body of the murdered man.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
They bore them to the mortuary, and those who loved them sat and wept alone.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He was quite sure that the stranger was the dead man whose body had just been shown to him at the mortuary.
"The Chestermarke Instinct" by J. S. Fletcher
And now the body's gone over to Redfield mortuary.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
A mortuary, a dissecting-chamber, or a pantomime property-room?
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
The finest place I saw in Canton was the mortuary where the dead bodies of wealthy Chinamen are kept until burial.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
Said some friends of hers were plannin' to open a mortuary.
"The Cuckoo Clock" by Wesley Barefoot
And now there came a more potent factor in stimulating mortuary statistics.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
It remains for us to speak of their mortuary customs.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
This implies manufacture for purely mortuary purposes.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
And still a mortuary silence within the coach!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But Mr Clinton stood outside the mortuary door, meditating, and the coroner's officer remarked that it was a wet day.
"Orientations" by William Somerset Maugham
Sorrowfully they turned and left the mortuary.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
In the middle a church with a stunted spire squatted like a mortuary chapel.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
Take me first to the cable office, please; then to the mortuary, and afterward to Miss Valmond's home.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
From the mortuary chapel, however, the notes of the organ reached the ears of the two listeners.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
For the present, Philip de Mountford lay in the gloomy mortuary chamber of the Victoria police court.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
She was taken to the mortuary in the town and then laid to rest on Monday.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
An elaborate description of John Dene was sent to every coroner and mortuary-attendant in the country.
"John Dene of Toronto" by Herbert Jenkins
Mortuaries for this purpose have also been established in many places in England.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

Don’t cry, seas and trees and winds,
Ancient chorus of strident voices
Chanting ageless, mournful verses
Like a dirge of mortuary worms. . .
"Redemption" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
With Alfred and St. Louis he doth win
Grander than crowned head's mortuary dome:
His gentle heroic manhood enters in
The ever-flowering common heart for home.
"The Emperor Frederick Of Our Time" by George Meredith
One of the first rescued was a little baby,
Which was conveyed away to the mortuary;
And several were taken to the fitter's shed, and attended to there
By the firemen and several nurses with the greatest care.
"The Albion Battleship Calamity" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Funeral service will be at 11 am, Friday, Sept 28 at the Brune Mortuary Chapel.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary.
Arrangements are pending at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Hatfield-Smith Mortuary, 219 W 2nd.
Funeral arrangements to be announced by Robert Jester Mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary of St James.
The Houghton County Sheriff's office is investigating a malicious damage of property complaint which occurred on Saturday, November 17, at the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range.
Funeral services are 11 am Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.
The funeral will be 2 p.m.Wednesday at Worleys Mortuary Chapel, Pastor Judy McMillan officating.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am Saturday, Nov 24, 2012, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel.
Funeral is at 1 pm Thursday at Burnam & Son Mortuary, with burial in Fairview Cemetery.
OTTUMWA — Judith F Minnaert, 80, formerly of Ottumwa, died Nov 9, 2012, at the Hope Hospice House in Ft. Cemation services have been provided by Ft. Meyers Mortuary Services.
Arrangements are made with Melby Mortuary of Mankato.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
Cremation under the direction of Myers Mortuary of Layton.