From Anglo-Norman mortuarie (“gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner”), from Medieval Latin mortuārium (“receptacle for the dead; mortuary”), neuter form of mortuārius (“of or pertaining to the dead”), from Latin mortuus, perfect passive participle of morior (“I die”).
mortuary (not comparable)
mortuary (plural mortuaries)
- A place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation.
- (historical) A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner.
- (place where corpses are stored): morgue (now chiefly law and law enforcement)
- (ecclesiastical heriot): soulscot
- (room in a mortuary where corpses are placed under a rinsing shower): lavatory