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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The fourth annual commemoration hosted here honored veterans with Retired Lt. Houston Chronicle, "Battleship Texas honors Iwo Jima vets on 73rd anniversary of WWII battle," 18 Feb. 2018 The commemorations, which began on Wednesday, will include a silent walk, multi-faith service and tree-planting. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "One year later, Britain remembers Grenfell Tower fire, country's deadliest tragedy since World War II," 13 June 2018 Along with the event’s special commemoration, this weekend’s Summit will also welcome a special guest on the boards, with De La Soul’s DJ Maseo spinning the night away. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 25 Jan. 2018 The ship, now a museum anchored in Muskegon, is hosting a D-Day commemoration from June 1-2 that includes tours, a dance and military re-enactments. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ship that landed on D-Day, then hauled autos, now a museum in Muskegon," 24 May 2018 As expected given the global profile of the remembrance commemorations, a high police and security presence is visible throughout the city, with armed officers patrolling transport hubs, public spaces and the main places of remembrance. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Manchester Remembers Victims of Ariana Grande Arena Bombing One Year On," 22 May 2018 With a special commemoration set for 11:30 a.m. aboard the NS Savannah. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Metal, sci-fi and ringin' bells — the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 20 May 2018 RCA Records gave Presley the watch as a commemoration for selling 75 million records. Fortune, "Elvis's Diamond Omega Watch Sold for $1.8 Million at Auction," 15 May 2018 RCA Records gave Presley the watch as a commemoration for selling 75 million records. Corinne Gretler,, "Elvis's Diamond Omega Watch Fetches $1.8 Million in Auction," 14 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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