Definition of ossuary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäSHəˌwerē/

noun (plural ossuaries)

A container or room into which the bones of dead people are placed.
Example sentences
  • The ossuary contains the bones from six different people, including a male aged about sixty.
  • The site is made up of a burial area, an individual ossuary tower, a common ossuary / cinerary, and a service area.
  • The French buried individually where they could, but they too used mass graves and ossuaries, and favoured the concentration of the dead into large nécropoles nationaux.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin ossuarium, formed irregularly from Latin os, oss- 'bone'.

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Syllabification: os·su·ar·y

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