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[kree-muh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-, krem-uh-] /ˌkri məˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌkrɛm ə-/
noun, plural crematoriums, crematoria
[kree-muh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌkri məˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
a crematory.
1875-80; Latinization of crematory; see -tory2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crematorium
  • Some deliver packages to the crematorium instead of the creamery.
  • They are considering using crematorium heat to also warm up the family members of the deceased.
  • Even the crematorium with its brick chimney does not stand out in his memory.
  • Apply for a permit to set up and operate a crematorium.
  • The crematorium shall be equipped with auxiliary fuel burners.
  • The service may take place in a church or chapel followed by a short committal service in the crematorium chapel.
  • The deceased may be viewed in a more appropriate environment, such as a licensed funeral home or crematorium.
  • crematorium-The exemption of a cemetery company is adversely affected by engaging in the operation of a crematorium.
  • The crematorium is at this time on standby until the crematorium is declared clean for further use.
British Dictionary definitions for crematorium


noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
(Brit) a building in which corpses are cremated
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Word Origin and History for crematorium

1880, from Latin cremator-, stem of cremare (see cremation) + -orium (see -ory).

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