com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tion | \ kə-ˌme-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce commemoration (audio) \

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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The center is also providing resources for anyone interested in planning their own commemoration ceremony. CBS News, "New York to commemorate 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks," 10 Sep. 2019 During the commemoration, Rio Salado College psychology and religious studies professor Wanda Tucker was recognized with a standing ovation. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "How Phoenix marked the 400th anniversary of slavery in America," 22 Aug. 2019 Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron last week in Normandy during a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-day invasion., "Trump says U.S. will ‘do something’ about French wine tariffs," 10 June 2019 Reporters traveling on the presidential plane also did not spot Donald Jr. or Eric on board as the president made a round-trip flight from Ireland to Normandy for the commemoration ceremony - although both sons were present for the program. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip," 7 June 2019 The agenda for Trump’s weeklong trip in Europe includes a state visit with Queen Elizabeth II in London, D-Day commemoration ceremonies on both sides of the English Channel and his first presidential visit to Ireland, the Associated Press reported. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: President Trump visits Europe," 4 June 2019 The alleged comments during commemorations at Auschwitz last Thursday were carried by an Israeli newspaper and were not part of Rivlin's public remarks. Fox News, "Polish nationalists seek probe of Israeli president's words," 17 Apr. 2018 Tanya Woolfolk, who attended the events this weekend, said that the commemoration was a reminder of how far her people have come. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Thousands of people gather to commemorate 400 years since American slavery began," 25 Aug. 2019 The commemoration also included a video message by U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), a special address by Florida Lt. Sergio Carmona,, "South Floridians remember, seek justice 25 years following AMIA bombing," 18 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce commemoration (audio) \

Kids Definition of commemoration

1 : the act of commemorating
2 : something (as a ceremony) that commemorates

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