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 columbaria (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 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 Construction of the columbarium would interfere with my right to free exercise of religion under the First Amendment. Eilzabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Proposed site for veterans columbarium cemetery in South Barrington draws opposition from some residents," 12 Nov. 2019 The plaque notes his final resting place in the columbarium near the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea. Maddie Capron And Justin Lear, CNN, "A plaque dedicated to Matthew Shepard installed at Washington National Cathedral," 4 Dec. 2019 This place is called the columbarium, and at first, the very existence of this vast chamber full of urns can come as a surprise. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019 This place is called the columbarium, and at first, the very existence of this vast chamber full of urns can come as a surprise. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019 Spring Brook is the largest cemetery in Mansfield, with 3,400 plots and a new 24-niche columbarium. BostonGlobe.com, "As of mid-October, Marks, an actor who recently finished playing a lead role in the international touring company of “Rent,” had raised $5,985 from 127 donors.," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Columbarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/columbarium. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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