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

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

Related Words for crematory

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

Examples from the Web for crematory

Contemporary Examples of crematory

  • They wanted “to make it weigh enough that the crematory employees would not become suspicious,” says Goorvitch.

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    The Granny Faked Funeral Case

    Christine Pelisek

    January 18, 2011

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



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