A columbarium (; pl. columbaria) is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (those holding a deceased’s cremated remains), but can also mean the nesting boxes of pigeons. The term comes from the Latin “columba” (dove) and, originally, solely referred to compartmentalized housing for doves and pigeons called a dovecote.
A place or receptacle for depositing the ashes of cremated people.
A large, sometimes architecturally impressive building for housing a large colony of pigeons or doves, particularly those of ancien regime France.
A pigeonhole in such a dovecote.
A building, a vault or a similar place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns containing cremated remains.
A niche in such a building for housing urns.