[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

Examples from the Web for crematorium

Contemporary Examples of crematorium

  • “The most frustrating part of this crematorium here is the carelessness of the Ebola team,” says Reeves.

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    Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium

    Abby Haglage

    November 11, 2014

  • Nobody can assure anybody and some of these authorities at the crematorium have very little background in science.

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    Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium

    Abby Haglage

    November 11, 2014

  • He spoke of burying Robinson and going straight back to work from the crematorium.

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    John Galliano in the Courtroom

    Tracy McNicoll

    June 23, 2011

  • Before the body was sent to the crematorium, Shilling and Crump filled the casket with animal bones, meat, and a mannequin.

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    The Granny Faked Funeral Case

    Christine Pelisek

    January 18, 2011

  • We drive past a small pond of foamy water where they dumped the ashes, to Gas Chamber and Crematorium II.

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    My Visit To Hell

    Christopher Buckley

    January 30, 2009

Historical Examples of crematorium

British Dictionary definitions for crematorium


noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

British 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper