noun mon·u·ment \ˈmän-yə-mənt\

: a building, statue, etc., that honors a person or event

: a building or place that is important because of when it was built or because of something in history that happened there

: an example of something

Full Definition of MONUMENT

obsolete :  a burial vault :  sepulchre
:  a written legal document or record :  treatise
a (1) :  a lasting evidence, reminder, or example of someone or something notable or great (2) :  a distinguished person
b :  a memorial stone or a building erected in remembrance of a person or event
archaic :  an identifying mark :  evidence; also :  portent, sign
obsolete :  a carved statue :  effigy
:  a boundary or position marker (as a stone)
:  a written tribute

Examples of MONUMENT

  1. They have erected a monument in his honor.
  2. <the Quakers disapproved of monuments, regarding them as idolatrous, so thousands of Nantucketers spend their eternal rest in complete anonymity>

Origin of MONUMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin monumentum, literally, memorial, from monēre to remind — more at mind
First Known Use: 13th century
May 30, 2015
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