in·​ter·​ment | \ in-ˈtər-mənt How to pronounce interment (audio) \

Definition of interment

: the act or ceremony of interring

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Examples of interment in a Sentence

a respectful but nonreligious interment in a private cemetery

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Chris Hawes, a volunteer with the Missing in America Project, said that when no one claims the remains of veterans, his organization can coordinate interment at a national cemetery. USA TODAY, "Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states," 23 Aug. 2019 Megalithic sites in Laos are often dated to the Southeast Asian Iron Age, between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., so the dating of the interments at site 1 to between the 9th and 13th centuries A.D. is also noteworthy to archaeologists. Fox News, "Mysterious 'Plain of Jars' may be the burial place for thousands of dead babies and children, experts say," 15 Aug. 2019 Skuodas came from Lithuania and spent six childhood years in an interment camp in Germany. Grant Segall,, "Cleveland Arts Prize will again recognize John Pearson and the late Audra Skuodas," 27 Aug. 2019 The church is planning to restore the memorial, including interment of the ashes. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Memorial pillars, containing parishioners’ ashes, destroyed at Baptist church in Centennial," 20 Aug. 2019 However, there is one potential hitch in her plans: Another person, a board member, also wants to have the pick of this litter with the first interment. Clarence Williams,, "District of Columbia’s first pet cemetery to open at a historic graveyard," 11 July 2019 Overwhelmed by the number of unclaimed dead, local authorities soon ran out of money for interment, leaving plots to be dug by volunteers. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 On Friday, Hogan ordered state flags flown at half-staff until Mitchell’s interment. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., former Maryland House speaker, dies at 83," 14 June 2019 Lapeer County Veterans Affairs will host a June 13 tour of the Great Lakes National Cemetery, available for veterans and their families to learn about interment and burial benefits at the cemetery. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Veterans can learn how to get free burial plots at bus tour to national cemetery," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of interment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of interment

formal : the act of burying a dead person


in·​ter·​ment | \ in-ˈtər-mənt How to pronounce interment (audio) \

Kids Definition of interment

: burial

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