Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


a repository for dead bodies.
of, like, or fit for a charnel; deathlike; sepulchral.
short for charnel house
ghastly; sepulchral; deathly

late 14c., from Old French charnel (12c.) “fleshly,” from Late Latin carnale “graveyard,” properly neuter of adjective carnalis (see carnal). As an adjective from 1813. The Late Latin word was glossed in Old English as flæschus “flesh-house.” Charnel house is attested from 1550s.


Read Also:

  • Charnel-house

    a house or place in which the bodies or bones of the dead are deposited. noun (esp formerly) a building or vault where corpses or bones are deposited

  • Charnley

    noun Sir John. 1911–82, British surgeon noted for his invention of an artificial hip joint and his development of hip-replacement surgery Charnley Charn·ley (chärn’lē), Sir John. 1911-1982. British orthopedic surgeon who pioneered total hip replacement surgery. He also developed the technique of arthrodesis for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the knee and hip.

  • Charolais

    one of a breed of large white or cream-colored beef cattle, originally of France, often used in crossbreeding. noun a breed of large white beef cattle that originated in France

  • Charon

    Classical Mythology. the ferryman who conveyed the souls of the dead across the Styx. (usually used ironically) any ferryman. Astronomy. the natural satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978. noun (Greek myth) the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades noun the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978 […]

Disclaimer: Charnel definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.