Memorial Day

noun

1
: May 30 formerly observed as a legal holiday in most states of the U.S. in remembrance of war dead
2
: the last Monday in May observed as a legal holiday in most states of the U.S.
3

Examples of Memorial Day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The legislation continues to make the Gaslamp a no-vending zone year-round and beach areas no-vending zones from Memorial Day to Labor Day. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Ryan Seacrest's Girlfriend Aubrey Paige Makes Rare Appearance on 'Live' for His Final Show as Co-Host Seacrest and Paige's relationship first went public in May 2021, when they were spotted together in the Hamptons celebrating Memorial Day. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Open weekends starting May 14 and seven days a week starting Memorial Day weekend, May 28. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Just before the Memorial Day weekend, the low-cost airline will begin flying between Raleigh-Durham and Burlington, Vermont., Portland, Maine, and Syracuse, New York. Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2024 A little taste of Italy via D.C. comes to Wynwood in the form of Sette Osteria, which debuted its first location outside of the nation’s capital quietly over Memorial Day weekend at 2103 NW 2nd Ave. Lesley Abravanel, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Extended hours on weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Vanessa Infanzon, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Experts are looking for prices to slide during the winter months, followed by a gradual increase by Memorial Day. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Germany on Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday to demonstrate in support of democracy and against the rise of a far-right party, the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, which is on track to make political gains in state elections this year. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Memorial Day was in 1868

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“Memorial Day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Memorial%20Day. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Memorial Day

noun
1
: May 30 once observed as a legal holiday in honor of those who died in war
2
: the last Monday in May observed as a legal holiday in most states of the U.S.
3

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