from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A repository for the bones or bodies of the dead; a charnel house.
- adj. Resembling, suggesting, or suitable for receiving the dead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chapel attached to a mortuary.
- n. A repository for dead bodies.
- adj. Of or relating to a charnel, deathlike, sepulchral.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Containing the bodies of the dead.
- n. A charnel house; a grave; a cemetery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common repository for dead bodies; a place for the indiscriminate or close deposit of the remains, and especially of the bones, of the dead; a charnel-house.
- Containing or designed to contain flesh or dead bodies.
- n. A hinge, as of a door, window, chest, etc.
- n. The pivot or hinge on which the beaver or vizor of a helmet moved.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
- adj. gruesomely indicative of death or the dead
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin carnāle, from neuter of Latin carnālis, of the flesh, from carō, carn-, flesh; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French charnel < Late Latin carnāle ("graveyard") < Latin carnālis, or possibly an alteration of Anglo-Norman charner < Medieval Latin carnārium ("charnel"). (Wiktionary)