columbarium

noun
col·​um·​bar·​i·​um | \ ˌkä-ləm-ˈber-ē-əm How to pronounce columbarium (audio) \
plural columbaria\ ˌkä-​ləm-​ˈber-​ē-​ə How to pronounce columbarium (audio) \

Definition of columbarium

1 : a structure of vaults lined with recesses for cinerary urns
2 : a recess in a columbarium

Examples of columbarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grace, a lawyer, and fellow Holy Trinity parishioner Jack Brady, an architect, proposed building a columbarium at Holy Rood. Washington Post, "In Glover Park, an old Catholic cemetery gets new life," 2 Dec. 2020 Chapel of the Chimes, a historic columbarium designed by pioneering architect Julia Morgan, is open but limiting the number of visitors and performing temperature checks. Allen Matthews, SFChronicle.com, "Beloved Oakland cemetery, resting place of Kaiser, Ghirardelli and Mac Dre, still off-limits to visitors," 7 Dec. 2020 The restored stone crypt and the new columbarium have 645 niches. Washington Post, "In Glover Park, an old Catholic cemetery gets new life," 2 Dec. 2020 Abel has tried to adapt to these changes with a new columbarium. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "The cemetery documents Bedford's past. But its historic limestone monuments are crumbling.," 28 Oct. 2020 The elemental simplicity of the columbarium at Saint Michael and All Angels. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "100 reasons to love Dallas right now: A critic’s list of the places that make the city and its architecture special.," 15 May 2020 Spring Brook is the largest cemetery in Mansfield, with 3,400 plots and a new 24-niche columbarium. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "New fence is installed at Mansfield cemetery," 7 Jan. 2020 Spring Brook is the largest cemetery in Mansfield, with 3,400 plots and a new 24-niche columbarium. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "New fence is installed at Mansfield cemetery," 7 Jan. 2020 Spring Brook is the largest cemetery in Mansfield, with 3,400 plots and a new 24-niche columbarium. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "New fence is installed at Mansfield cemetery," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of columbarium

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for columbarium

Latin, literally, dovecote, from columba dove

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8 Jan 2021

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“Columbarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/columbarium. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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