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memorial

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adjective me·mo·ri·al \mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl\

Simple Definition of memorial

  • : created or done to honor a person who has died or to remind people of an event in which many people died

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of memorial

  1. 1 :  serving to preserve remembrance :  commemorative

  2. 2 :  of or relating to memory

memorially

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of memorial in a sentence

  1. <a memorial plaque on the bridge for a diver who died in the line of duty>



Origin and Etymology of memorial

Middle English, from Latin memorialis, from memoria memory


First Known Use: 14th century


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memorial

noun me·mo·ri·al

Simple Definition of memorial

  • : something (such as a monument or ceremony) that honors a person who has died or serves as a reminder of an event in which many people died

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of memorial

  1. 1 :  something that keeps remembrance alive: as a :  monument b :  something (as a speech or ceremony) that commemorates c :  keepsake, memento

  2. 2 a :  record, memoir <language and literature … the memorials of another age — J. H. Fisher> b :  memorandum, note; specifically :  a legal abstract c :  a statement of facts addressed to a government and often accompanied by a petition or remonstrance

Examples of memorial in a sentence

  1. <the Vietnam War Memorial is a starkly beautiful testimonial to the bravery of the soldiers who served in Vietnam>



14th Century

First Known Use of memorial

14th century


MEMORIAL Defined for Kids

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memorial

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noun me·mo·ri·al \mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl\

Definition of memorial for Students

  1. :  something by which the memory of a person or an event is kept alive :  monument <the Lincoln Memorial>




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memorial

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adjective me·mo·ri·al

Definition of memorial for Students

  1. :  serving to honor the memory of a person or event <a memorial service>





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