Mortuary Mor"tu*a*ry, n.; pl. {Mortuaries}. [LL. mortuarium. See {Mortuary}, a.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A burial place; a place for the dead. [1913 Webster]

3. A place for the reception of the dead before burial; a deadhouse; a morgue. [1913 Webster]

4. A {funeral home}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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