crematory

noun
cre·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ˈkrē-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce crematory (audio) , ˈkre- \
plural crematories

Definition of crematory

: a furnace for cremating also : a place where the bodies of the dead are cremated : crematorium … to help families with the most complicated logistics: filing the death certificate, getting the body released from a hospital, transporting it to the crematory or cemetery. — April Dembosky

Other Words from crematory

crematory adjective

Examples of crematory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the height of the pandemic, Green-Wood’s crematory burned constantly, 16 to 18 hours daily. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 At the height of the pandemic, Green-Wood’s crematory burned constantly, 16 to 18 hours daily. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Though the United States’ first crematory opened in 1876 in Washington, Pa., Americans were slow to acceptance. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 Though the United States’ first crematory opened in 1876 in Washington, Pa., Americans were slow to acceptance. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 The investigators interviewed Palomar Health staff as well as the crematory manager over the following weeks and months, the report shows. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Oct. 2021 While in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus first emerged, Ms. Zhang posted videos that showed how the outbreak had overwhelmed a hospital and a crematory. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 In addition to having a crematory at the new site in Summit, Pagenkopf said the business will also provide pet cremation services called Lake Country Pet Cremation Services. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2021 As the man drove away, the body rolled out of the open back door of the van on a gurney and came to rest in the crematory’s back parking lot. Henri Hollis, ajc, 25 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of crematory

1876, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2022

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“Crematory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crematory. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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crematory

noun
cre·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ˈkrē-mə-ˌtōr-ē, ˈkrem-ə-, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce crematory (audio) \
plural crematories

Medical Definition of crematory

: a furnace for cremating also : an establishment containing such a furnace

Other Words from crematory

crematory adjective

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