Definition of MONUMENT

a shaped stone laid over or erected near a grave and usually bearing an inscription to identify and preserve the memory of the deceased <the Quakers disapproved of monuments, regarding them as idolatrous, so thousands of Nantucketers spend their eternal rest in complete anonymity>
something that serves to keep alive the memory of a person or event <a moving monument to the great war and a tribute to the untold millions who died in it>

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