[kree-muh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-, krem-uh-]

noun, plural cre·ma·to·ri·ums, cre·ma·to·ri·a [kree-muh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌkri məˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/.

a crematory.

Origin of crematorium

1875–80; Latinization of crematory; see -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

British a building in which corpses are cremated
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Word Origin and History for crematoria

plural of Modern Latin crematorium (see crematorium).



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

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