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 USS Constitution made its Fourth of July turnaround in Boston Harbor Wednesday, in commemoration of the 242nd Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Katie Camero,, "USS Constitution sets sail, briefly, on Fourth of July voyage," 4 July 2018 Ahead of Tuesday's commemoration of the massacre of 49 people at the gay nightclub, some survivors and victims' relatives have sued the Orlando Police Department and the owners of the nightclub. Mike Schneider,, "2nd anniversary of Pulse massacre marked by art, litigation," 10 June 2018 The video culminates a day of commemorations heralding the civil rights leader, who was killed half a century ago in Memphis. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "WATCH: Stevie Wonder enlists dozens of A-list celebrities for MLK video tribute," 4 Apr. 2018 Ivan Hiestand saluted as a bugler played taps Monday during Hobart’s Memorial Day commemoration under the watchful arm of the Doughboy monument on Main Street. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Fallen honored at Hobart Memorial Day ceremony," 28 May 2018 Her first solo engagements with the Queen in June included a commemoration of the Storyhouse Theater in Chester. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Latest Royal Meeting Is a Nod to Her Acting Roots," 13 Dec. 2018 The picture was taken in the gardens of Buckingham Palace ahead of the RAF 100 commemorations back in July of this year, and appears to be from the same portrait session as the photo which was eventually turned into a commemorative stamp. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William and Prince Harry Look So Affectionate With Prince Charles in a New Candid Photo," 19 Nov. 2018 The signs from the centennial commemorations in Paris were not good. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Macron’s Faux Pas on Nationalism," 12 Nov. 2018 The brothers opened up about losing their mother last year during 20th anniversary commemorations of her death. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Palace Denies Rumors About Prince Charles' Relationship with Prince William and Prince Harry," 5 Sep. 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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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