Definition of cinerary urn in English:

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cinerary urn

Pronunciation: /ˈsɪnərəri əːn/

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An urn for holding a person’s ashes after cremation, especially as used by Classical and prehistoric cultures.
Example sentences
  • Some of the additional bone recovered from the cinerary urn had previously been identified as cremated or burned animal remains.
  • Four cinerary urns, now held in the Exeter Museum, were uncovered.
  • Urn burial is an ancient Graeco-Roman practice, and to this day, the ashes of the dead are often preserved in cinerary urns.


Mid 18th century: cinerary from Latin cinerarius 'of ashes'.

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