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 The only kind of commemoration that might be hard to come by is any note of meaningful critique. The Economist, "Prisoner’s dilemma A bold American composer updates “Fidelio”," 9 Jan. 2020 Alimardani said that while opposition sympathizers alleged that the government was paying citizens to participate in the commemoration of Soleimani and the protests against the United States, that message has been far less visible. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Soleimani assassination sets back opposition to Iran’s regime," 7 Jan. 2020 The exhibit is part of a campus-wide commemoration of the decision to admit women. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "New exhibit marks 150th anniversary of Northwestern University admitting women as students," 10 Dec. 2019 The new tunnel into the locker room will force the respacing of each championship commemoration on the walk since there will be less room between the curb and the entrance. Michael Casagrande |, al, "A look at construction beginning on Bryant-Denny Stadium renovation," 26 Nov. 2019 The Pease brothers filled their season with rituals of commemoration for J’von. Washington Post, "Football brings some peace to Sioux family after suicide," 16 Nov. 2019 The effigy was placed there on Oct. 14, a national day of commemoration called Defender of Ukraine Day. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire’s effigy doused with red paint outside synagogue," 17 Oct. 2019 Now his family wanted to honor the 26-year-old in accordance with Shiite tradition, marking the 40th day of mourning with a commemoration. Washington Post, "An Iranian couple wanted to mourn son killed in protests. Now they are in jail.," 26 Dec. 2019 The Alabama Bicentennial Commission has worked with state agencies and private partners on a three-year commemoration that also encompasses Alabama’s establishment as a federal territory in 1817. Mike Cason |, al, "Native American tribes take part in ceremonial flag swap for Alabama Bicentennial," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of commemoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Commemoration.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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


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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