cre·​ma·​to·​ri·​um ˌkrē-mə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce crematorium (audio)
plural crematoria ˌkrē-mə-ˈtȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce crematorium (audio)
or crematoriums
: an establishment or structure in which the bodies of the dead are cremated
He had two funerals in the morning, both bodies due for the crematorium afterward …Jack Higgins
The depositions enabled the commission to gather further evidence from coroners and from the files in morgues, mortuaries and crematoriums.Alfred Stepan

Examples of crematorium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Typically, recognizable body parts that big, like a torso with things cut off, that goes to proper treatment for a crematorium, not through a shredder. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 28 June 2023 There’s a scene where Höss and three others are sitting in the office talking about a new crematorium being built. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 10 Jan. 2024 The fires of the crematorium are visible from the children’s bedroom windows. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 10 Jan. 2024 Once the crematorium discovered the woman was still alive, she was sent back to the hospital and readmitted in what reports say was very poor condition. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 30 Nov. 2023 By default, many vets double as undertakers, passing on a pet’s body to a regional crematorium that accepts animal remains. Eleanor Cummins, The Atlantic, 13 June 2023 After all, the site is a former crematorium, and a small graveyard still sits on the premises. Cameron Cook, Pitchfork, 7 Nov. 2023 During China’s first omicron wave in December and January, a different omicron variant was infecting millions of people every day, overwhelming hospitals and crematoriums in cities across the country. Janis MacKey Frayer, NBC News, 25 May 2023 When China lifted its strict COVID policies, Wang visited hospitals, crematoriums and funeral homes to uncover the scale of the outbreak. ABC News, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crematorium was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Crematorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cre·​ma·​to·​ri·​um ˌkrē-mə-ˈtōr-ē-əm How to pronounce crematorium (audio)
plural crematoriums or crematoria -ē-ə How to pronounce crematorium (audio)

Medical Definition


cre·​ma·​to·​ri·​um ˌkrē-mə-ˈtōr-ē-əm, ˌkrem-ə-, -ˈtȯr- How to pronounce crematorium (audio)
plural crematoriums or crematoria -ē-ə How to pronounce crematorium (audio)
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