cre·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ˈkrē-mə-ˌtȯr-ē, 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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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 Also in November, BuzzFeed reported that 911 bodies were cremated following Hurricane Maria without being examined, and that in many cases, funeral home and crematory directors believed that those people had died as a result of the hurricane. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Why Are the Death Tolls in Puerto Rico From Hurricane Maria So Different?," 2 June 2018 The crematory then got in touch with the son, listed as next of kin. Steve Burns, ajc, "Funeral home owner faces criminal charges after cremation mix-up," 21 June 2018 Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & crematory, 7951 American way, Daphne, AL, 36526., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/13," 13 June 2018 The funeral home or crematory then contacts Save My Ink Forever, who sends a recovery kit. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Memorialize your deceased loved one by preserving and framing their tattoos," 31 May 2018 Other implants, like plastic urinary pessaries or penile pumps, would never even be seen by a crematory worker. Hayley Campbell, WIRED, "A New Way to Dispose of Corpses—With Chemistry!," 27 Mar. 2018 The Germans, needing slave labor in their drive to gobble up Europe, herded Jews into a constellation of camps — some in urban factories, some at sprawling sites like Auschwitz-Birkenau, known more for their gas chambers and crematories. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Sala Kirschner, 94, Whose Trove of Letters Told of the Holocaust, Dies," 13 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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English Language Learners Definition of crematory

: a place where the bodies of dead people are cremated


cre·​ma·​to·​ry | \ ˈkrē-mə-ˌtōr-ē, ˈkrem-ə-, -ˌtȯr- \
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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