Definition of cinerary urn in English:

cinerary urn


  • An urn for holding a person's ashes after cremation, especially as used by Classical and prehistoric cultures.

    • ‘Urn burial is an ancient Graeco-Roman practice, and to this day, the ashes of the dead are often preserved in cinerary urns.’
    • ‘Four cinerary urns, now held in the Exeter Museum, were uncovered.’
    • ‘Some of the additional bone recovered from the cinerary urn had previously been identified as cremated or burned animal remains.’


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


cinerary urn

/ˈsɪnərəri əːn/