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 The solemn remembrance ceremony included the Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders escorting three CFDA hearses containing the cremains from the DVA Rocky Hill Campus to the Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 One of the significant portions of her exhibit is a costume made of her late mother’s clothing and masks made of her cremains and paper clay. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 23 June 2022 It’s not unusual for a funeral home to have one or two unclaimed cremains sit for a period of time. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 17 June 2022 After the procession, the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council and the Missing in America Project arranged for the cremains to be taken to Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, where they finally will be laid to rest. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2022 Quen and Ross collected cremains while community members helped prepare a resting place. Tim Trainor, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Family members decided to have Battles cremated, and to bury the container holding his cremains with his parents and sisters. al, 4 Sep. 2021 The urns come in three sizes to accommodate pets and humans along with a muslin bag to hold the cremains and are topped with a plant holder. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 His cremains were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. NBC News, 27 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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“Cremains.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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