Memorial Day


Definition of Memorial Day 

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.

First Known Use of Memorial Day

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of Memorial Day

: the last Monday in May that is a national holiday in the U.S. honoring members of the armed forces who died in wars

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Kids Definition of Memorial Day

: a legal holiday in remembrance of war dead observed on the last Monday in May in most states of the United States

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