[ kree-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, krem-uh- ]
/ ˈkri məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈkrɛm ə- /

noun, plural cre·ma·to·ries.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crematory


/ (ˈkrɛmətərɪ, -trɪ) /


of or relating to cremation or crematoriums

noun plural -ries

another word (esp US) for crematorium
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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