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[kree-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, krem-uh-] /ˈkri məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈkrɛm ə-/
noun, plural crematories.
a place, as a funeral establishment, at which cremation is done.
a furnace for cremating.
of or relating to cremation.
Origin of crematory
First recorded in 1875-80; cremate + -ory2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They picked him up and took him to a crematory for unknown dead.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • The crematory was on the summit of a hill, at the foot of which was the cemetery, where the ashes were interred.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
  • The performer of the crematory rites carries an earthen pot round the pyre.

  • "That old tub of your Nanni's is about ready for the crematory," Kenwick observed, as he too began putting up his traps.

    A Venetian June

    Anna Fuller
  • A visit to the crematory at the early dawn—the hour set apart for burning their dead—is interesting, but horrible, to witness.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
  • It was at the crematory that she began to pray, and, when she reached the crossing, her heart put up a second plea for guidance.

    Cloudy Jewel Grace Livingston Hill
  • We went to a Chinese crematory and the Temple of Longevity, where if you paid enough you could git a promise of long life.

  • A young lady in the audience turned to her escort with the remark: "That's a crematory."

  • Father and I returned to Bareilly soon after the crematory rites for the well-beloved.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for crematory


/ˈkrɛmətərɪ; -trɪ/
of or relating to cremation or crematoriums
noun (pl) -ries
another word (esp US) for crematorium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crematory

1876, the nativized form of crematorium. From 1884 as an adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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