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 The owners converted the structure, which has been brutalized for a century and a half by crashing waves, into the Eternity At Sea columbarium. CBS News, 29 Mar. 2022 About 30 funeral urns were interred there before the columbarium's license wasn't renewed in 1999 by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board. CBS News, 29 Mar. 2022 Wilson’s ashes have been interred with those of his wife in the columbarium at First United Methodist Church of San Diego, where the family is planning a celebration of life service sometime in April. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 The idea of tree burials has proven so popular in Japan that other temples and public cemeteries have mimicked the model, some providing burial spaces under individual trees and others spaces in a columbarium that surrounds a single tree. Natasha Mikles, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2021 Grace, a lawyer, and fellow Holy Trinity parishioner Jack Brady, an architect, proposed building a columbarium at Holy Rood. Washington Post, 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,, 7 Dec. 2020 The restored stone crypt and the new columbarium have 645 niches. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 Abel has tried to adapt to these changes with a new columbarium. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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14 Apr 2022

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“Columbarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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