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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But the commemoration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla could also serve as a fitting tribute to a vanished U.S. crop—the lime. Jeremy Bagott, WSJ, "America Is at the End of the Lime," 2 May 2019 Another noteworthy commemoration for the artist is BBC Proms, a classical music festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall that runs from July 13 to Sept. 8. New York Times, "Celebrate 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein With These Festivals," 23 May 2018 The only commemoration of that time lay in his middle name: Christian. Brittny Mejia,, "While out for a jog, she discovered a baby buried alive. Twenty years later, they reunite," 17 May 2018 At the start his meeting with Putin, Netanyahu remarked on the commemoration of the Soviet Union's victory against Nazi Germany. Jewish Journal, "Netanyahu meets with Putin in Moscow amid tensions in Syria," 9 May 2018 Saturday's commemoration is being organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, in honor of the 24 children and three adults who died and 40 more who survived, many severely injured from the fire that erupted after the head-on crash. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "30th anniversary is 'a deep reminder' of deadly Carrollton bus crash," 7 May 2018 Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, both stepped out in London on Sunday to honor veterans as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations in the UK. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018 The topic remains taboo in mainland China, and any form of commemoration is banned., "US joins vigil to mark Tiananmen anniversary," 5 June 2018 The announcement was on the day of the memorial and museum’s annual commemoration of the rescue and recovery effort, which officially ended on May 30, 2002. Washington Post, "Design to honor Sept. 11 rescue, recovery workers unveiled," 30 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 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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