from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vault with niches for urns containing ashes of the dead.
- n. One of the niches in such a vault.
- n. A dovecote.
- n. A pigeonhole in a dovecote.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a dovecote; one of the pigeonholes in a dovecote
- n. a large, sometimes architecturally impressive building for housing a large colony of pigeons, particularly those of ancien regime France.
- n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dovecote or pigeon house.
- n. A sepulchral chamber with niches for holding cinerary urns.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. . A dovecote; a pigeon-house. Also columbary.
- n. In Roman antiquity, a place of sepulture for the ashes of the dead, consisting of arched and square-headed recesses formed in walls, in which the cinerary urns were deposited: so named from the resemblance between these recesses and those formed in a dove-cote for the doves to build their nests in.
- n. In architecture, a hole left in a wall for the insertion of the end of a beam. Also called putlog-hole.
- n. Eccles., the columba or dove-shaped pyx. See columba, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a birdhouse for pigeons
- n. a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead
- n. a sepulchral vault or other structure having recesses in the walls to receive cinerary urns
Latin columbārium, sepulchre for urns, dovecote, from columba, dove.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin from columba, dove (Wiktionary)