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[ in-urn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to put into an urn, especially ashes after cremation.
  2. to bury; inter.


/ ɪnˈɜːn /


  1. to place (esp cremated ashes) in an urn
  2. a less common word for inter

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Derived Forms

  • inˈurnment, noun
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  • in·urn·ment noun
  • un·in·urned adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of inurn1

First recorded in 1595–1605; in- 2 + urn


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What does inurn mean?

To inurn is to put something in an urn, that is, a decorative vase or container. Most often, ashes of a deceased loved one are inurned in such a container.

To inurn is also to inter, that is bury, a dead body, as in When our dog Scruffy died, we inurned her beneath her favorite tree in the backyard.

Inurn is almost exclusively used in the context of funeral rites and cremation. Some people will have a deceased loved one inurned and then display the urn in their home as a way to remember and honor the deceased. Both people and animals may be cremated and inurned

Example: After the ashes are inurned, the container is sealed and locked so that the ashes remain in the urn.

Where does inurn come from?

The first records of the term inurn come from around the 1590s. It combines the prefix in- meaning “inside,” and urn, a decorative vase usually used for holding cremated ashes.

Though less common, other things that may be inurned include plants and a large quantity of a hot drink like tea and coffee. A large or wide vase is sometimes called an urn, and a large metal container with a spigot used for distributing hot drinks is also called an urn. Making the drink in the urn can be called inurning.

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  • inurnment (noun)
  • uninurned (adjective)

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How is inurn used in real life?

Inurn is almost always used in reference to burial and cremation.

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Ashes that are sealed in something other than an urn, such as a decorative glass ball, are also inurned.