Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About | Media | Search | Contact  


Home

Today's Word

Subscribe

Archives



May 15, 2019
This week’s theme
Portmanteaux or blend words

This week’s words
hermaphrodite
meeple
cremains
shero
prissy

cremains
Photo: Norbert Hüttisch / Wikimedia

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

cremains

PRONUNCIATION:
(kri-MAYNZ)

MEANING:
noun: Ashes remaining after cremation of a body.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of cremated and remains. Earliest documented use: 1947.

USAGE:
“If the ever-soaring price of condos in New York City has your head spinning, wait until you shop for a cemetery plot. ... Basic cemetery plots across the five boroughs now generally cost $4,500 to $19,000, not including hefty fees for foundations, interments, and maintenance. ... An in-ground plot for cremains at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn is only two square feet and starts at $1,200.”
Jane Margolies; Property for the Afterlife; The New York Times; Mar 17, 2019.
[Or simply donate your your body to science and organs to people. -Ed.]

See more usage examples of cremains in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I feel fairly certain that my hatred harms me more than the people whom I hate. -Max Frisch, architect, playwright, and novelist (15 May 1911-1991)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2019 Wordsmith