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

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Other Words from crematory

crematory adjective

Examples of crematory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another major consideration: An estimated $300,000 price tag for the crematory, which includes the retort installation and training. Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, al, "Why cremations are becoming increasingly common in Alabama," 7 Feb. 2021 The cemetery did not allow gatherings, so on a sweltering morning in early July, five of us said a few words over her in the loading bay behind the crematory, before her body went inside. John Leland, New York Times, "How the Oldest Old Can Endure Even This," 1 Jan. 2021 With nearly 1,000 deaths recorded in Germany every day in the week before Christmas, a crematory in the eastern state of Saxony operated around the clock, straight through the holiday, to keep up. New York Times, "E.U.’s Mass Vaccination Campaign Starts, With Nursing Homes as Focus," 27 Dec. 2020 Patrick Kearns, a funeral director in Queens, who in the spring regularly had to transport bodies to a crematory in Schenectady, N.Y., nearly three hours away, has noticed a two- or three-day backlog forming again at the city’s crematories. Campbell Robertson, Star Tribune, "Virus deaths approach April 15 record amid changing U.S. crisis," 28 Nov. 2020 After an army convoy carted them to a crematory, another 80 arrived. Dallas News, "Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million," 29 Sep. 2020 After an army convoy carted them to a crematory, another 80 arrived. Adam Geller, Anchorage Daily News, "Official worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million," 29 Sep. 2020 After an army convoy carted them to a crematory, another 80 arrived. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million," 29 Sep. 2020 Tammy Wynn pushed her father’s body into a crematory furnace. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, "‘I didn’t feel alone anymore’: A 4-foot stretcher, pillows and support groups. This is animal hospice. And yes, it exists.," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of crematory

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crematory was in 1876

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16 Feb 2021

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“Crematory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crematory. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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crematory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crematory

chiefly US : a place where the bodies of dead people are cremated

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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