com·mem·o·ra·tion | \ kə-ˌme-mə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of commemoration 

1 : the act of commemorating

2 : something that commemorates

Examples of commemoration in a Sentence

Several well-known celebrities attended the commemoration.

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Amid all the commencement ceremonies taking place at colleges across the country, one particular commemoration on Friday featured a guest who was literally out of this world. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Astronaut, Purdue University alum receives honorary doctorate, addresses graduates from space," 13 May 2018 This year's event, however, is about more than just historic commemoration. Nathan Hodge, CNN, "Why this year's Victory Day parade in Red Square matters," 8 May 2018 The board voted unanimously for the change — the second vote on the matter in three years — in response to a national argument over commemoration of the Confederacy after white supremacists invoked it at violent rallies. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 This centennial year has been packed with commemorations of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s yearlong celebration of his works. Zoë Madonna,, "Jamie Bernstein, her ‘Famous Father,’ and nothing to hide," 5 July 2018 In 1976, the commemoration of the United States’ bicentennial shared anew the patriotic story of the nation’s founding. John Garrison Marks, Smithsonian, "What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America’s 250th Birthday Celebration," 3 July 2018 For an intensely religious commemoration of that same day, head to the small city of Caacupé, the country’s Christian hub and the site of old miracle story centering around the wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary in the church at Tobati. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 27 June 2018 Admission to the museum is free during the D-Day commemoration. Doug Maccash,, "Honor D-Day at the National WWII Museum, Wednesday (June 6)," 5 June 2018 Several years ago, the society discovered that native son Henry Carter Welles helped to create the Memorial Day commemoration in Waterloo, N.Y. 150 years ago. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Memorial Day Exhibit Commemorates Glastonbury Man Who Co-Founded The Holiday 150 Years Ago," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of commemoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of commemoration

: something (such as a special ceremony) that is intended to honor an important event or person from the past


com·mem·o·ra·tion | \ kə-ˌme-mə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of commemoration

1 : the act of commemorating

2 : something (as a ceremony) that commemorates

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