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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crematory adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Today, there are more than 3,000 crematories around the United States, and the cremation resurgence isn’t just about cost. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 8 Nov. 2019 In Gazvoda’s case, the Harvard grad and crematory licensee is a disciple of a still-emerging method of human disposition: alkaline hydrolysis. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "A chemical dip is the greenest way to go after death. It’s now available in Arvada.," 3 Dec. 2019 Within several miles stood the gas chambers and crematories of Auschwitz II, Birkenau. New York Times, "An Improbable Relic of Auschwitz: a Shofar That Defied the Nazis," 21 Sep. 2019 Along with that cemetery, his family owns three funeral homes, a pet crematory and a pet funeral home in Arizona. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "'Our whole history of the city is buried here': Glendale may sell historic city cemetery," 27 July 2019 In response, Colorado passed a law last summer that prohibits a person from owning more than 10 percent direct interest in a funeral establishment or crematory while also owning interest in a nontransplant body-donation company. Stephanie Innes,, "Despite 2-year-old state law, Arizona's body donation industry still unregulated," 10 June 2019 The crematory also will be on probation for a year with the board monitoring operations. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Two Arizona funeral directors lose licenses after allegations that crematory stacked containers of bodies," 4 June 2019 The bodies arrived at a large compound that is used as the crematory, its garden lined with hollyhock flowers. New York Times, "Bomb Rattles an Afghan Minority So Small ‘No One Is a Stranger’," 2 July 2018 In a crematory retort, prosthetics melt or burn or, in the case of a pacemaker's lthium-ion battery, explode. Hayley Campbell, WIRED, "A New Way to Dispose of Corpses—With Chemistry!," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Crematory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crematory

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


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

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