- a vault with niches for urns containing the ashes of cremated bodies
- such a niche
Origin of columbariumL, literally , dovecote from columba, dove, origin, originally , gray bird from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, an unverified form k?l-, grayish color from source Classical Greek chelainos, black
nounpl. col·um·bar·i·a, also col·um·bar·ies
- a. A vault with niches for urns containing ashes of the dead.b. One of the niches in such a vault.
- a. A dovecote.b. A pigeonhole in a dovecote.
Origin of columbariumLatin columbārium sepulchre for urns, dovecote from columba dove
(plural columbariums or columbaria)
- a dovecote; one of the pigeonholes in a dovecote
- a large, sometimes architecturally impressive building for housing a large colony of pigeons, particularly those of ancien regime France.
- (by extension) a building, a vault or some similar place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns containing cremated remains, or a niche in such a place
From Latin columbārium.