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 (kŏl′əm-bâr′ē-əm) also col·um·bar·y (kŏl′əm-bĕr′ē)
n. pl. col·um·bar·i·a (-ē-ə) 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.

[Latin columbārium, sepulchre for urns, dovecote, from columba, dove.]


n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
1. (Architecture) another name for a dovecote
2. (Architecture) a vault having niches for funeral urns
3. (Building) a hole in a wall into which a beam is inserted
[C18: from Latin, from columba dove]


(ˌkɒl əmˈbɛər i əm)

n., pl. -bar•i•a (-ˈbɛər i ə)
1. a sepulchral vault or other structure with recesses in the walls to receive the ashes of the dead.
2. any one of these recesses.
[1840–50; < Latin: literally, a nesting box for pigeons <columb(a) pigeon, dove]


a vault where the remains of cremated bodies are kept, usually in one of a number of recesses in a wall.
See also: Burial, Death
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.columbarium - a birdhouse for pigeonscolumbarium - a birdhouse for pigeons    
birdhouse - a shelter for birds
2.columbarium - a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated deadcolumbarium - a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead
niche, recess - an enclosure that is set back or indented
3.columbarium - a sepulchral vault or other structure having recesses in the walls to receive cinerary urns
burial vault, vault - a burial chamber (usually underground)
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Prior information notice without call for competition: Service of movement and placement of tombstones in pantheons, mausoleums, chapels, graves, niches and columbaries of various cemeteries managed by EMSFCM, S.
The rising popularity of cremation has thus paved the way for the construction of more columbaries, which Dychangco described as a 'condominium of urns.
MANILA -- Beware of fake priests roaming around in cemeteries and columbaries offering to perform prayers and blessings for the dead and soliciting money afterwards.