plural noun
cre·​mains | \ kri-ˈmānz How to pronounce cremains (audio) \

Definition of cremains

: the ashes of a cremated human body

Examples of cremains in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His cremains were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. NBC News, 27 Feb. 2021 The cost to send an ever-so-small smidgen of cremains to the moon — about one 30,000th of an ounce — is $399. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Feb. 2021 County officials hold on to the cremains of unclaimed individuals for three years, waiting for someone to claim them and reimburse the county for its services. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2020 Jessica told Emily about a wide range of possibilities, including having her cremains interred in an undersea cemetery, which would give Ruby a reason to learn to scuba dive. Star Tribune, 11 Oct. 2020 Her body was cremated, her children given an urn containing her cremains. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2020 Family members say Hess returned fake cremains in place of their loves ones, and federal investigators telling some families the body parts were shipped as far away as Saudi Arabia. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cremains

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cremains

blend of cremated and remains

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The first known use of cremains was in 1947

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“Cremains.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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noun plural
cre·​mains | \ kri-ˈmānz How to pronounce cremains (audio) \

Medical Definition of cremains

: the ashes of a cremated human body


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