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.
Recent Examples on the Web They were held in commemoration of protests last year against the Chilean Constitution, which was implemented in 1980 under the authoritarian regime of Augusto Pinochet. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'Expression of brutality': Chilean churches burned amid anti-government protests," 19 Oct. 2020 The winner between Carver and McDonogh 35 will receive a trophy in commemoration of late coach Wayne Reese Sr. Chris Dabe,, "Four downs: Quick hits about Wednesday games in the second week of high school football," 7 Oct. 2020 The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol, the first woman in American history to do so, in commemoration of her extraordinary life. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "With ‘profound sorrow’: Ginsburg lies in state at US Capitol," 25 Sep. 2020 Instead, San Antonio 110, a group dedicated to the 9/11 commemoration, live-streamed the public safety ceremony downtown. Silvia Foster-frau,, "San Antonio area first responders honor the victims of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2020 Indigenous Peoples Day has been recognized by the city of Phoenix since 2016, after the City Council voted 9-0 to establish the day as an annual city commemoration event. Shondiin Silversmith, The Arizona Republic, "It won't replace Columbus Day, but Gov. Ducey proclaims Oct. 12 'Indigenous Peoples Day'," 26 Sep. 2020 She’s since become the driving force behind the commemoration effort, using her cheerful persistence to practically will the legislation through Congress. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "House approves Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s bill to memorialize long-forgotten Texas Legation in Washington," 21 Sep. 2020 The museum's director had already said in July that this year's commemoration would not have relatives on stage during a name-reading of the victims who died in the 9/11 attacks and 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "9/11 'Tribute to Light' in New York City canceled over coronavirus concerns," 14 Aug. 2020 This commemoration is now known as Juneteenth (June + nineteenth) — also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, or Jubilee Day. Tonya Abari, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Juneteenth? A Look at the History of the Holiday in America," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of commemoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Commemoration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of commemoration

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

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