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

Definition of crematorium

: 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

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Plain light wooden coffin in a crematorium Photo: iStock/Getty Images Flash forward 33 years. Gayle Somers, WSJ, "Life Is Worth Living, Even if It Is Painful and Short," 21 Dec. 2018 The Lang'ata crematorium is seeing a gradual rise in activity with at least one person now cremated weekly, said Maina Nderitu, an official there. Rodney Muhumuza, Fox News, "Africa slowly turning to cremations, though long taboo," 26 May 2018 One group of refugees had come from a train likely bound for Dachau’s crematorium in the final days of the war. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Cuba’s nine crematoriums handle a tenth of the 99,000 people who die each year. The Economist, "Cuba’s funerals: cheap and especially uncheerful," 28 June 2018 Last year, the United States accused Syria of executing thousands of imprisoned political opponents and burning their bodies in a crematorium., "This day in history," 14 May 2018 Plot is as untidy as life, and consequences crumble like so much ash in a crematoriumThe film opens in the middle of a conversation. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Grief rips through family in ‘Love After Love’ with Andie MacDowell, Chris O'Dowd," 19 Apr. 2018 All of these trails converge at the smoking makeshift crematorium, where a casual killer is determined to protect an ugly secret. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "C.J. Box delivers slow-burn environmental thriller in new Joe Pickett mystery," 23 Mar. 2018 In one spot, near the front wall along Franklin Street, the temperature soared to 3600 degrees, twice as hot as in a crematorium. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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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 crematoria (audio) \

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