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[kree-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, krem-uh-]
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noun, plural cre·ma·to·ries.
  1. a place, as a funeral establishment, at which cremation is done.
  2. a furnace for cremating.
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  1. of or relating to cremation.
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Origin of crematory

First recorded in 1875–80; cremate + -ory2
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Related Words for crematory

heater, boiler, morgue, pyre, burner, cinerarium, crematory, cinerator

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Contemporary Examples of crematory

Historical Examples of crematory

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for crematory


  1. of or relating to cremation or crematoriums
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noun plural -ries
  1. 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.

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