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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This year’s commemoration comes amid rising tensions in the Middle East and the crisis between Iran and the United States and its ally Israel in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers., "Afdhal al-Shami, a shrine official, denied that there was a collapse or any cracks in the walkway. ‘‘It was a stampede that led to this incident,’’ he said.," 11 Sep. 2019 One fan tattooed his leg in preemptive commemoration of a championship. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Will This Be Cleveland’s Year?," 4 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, as the president was spotted taking in a round of golf at his Sterling, Virginia course, the Trump re-election campaign unveiled its labor day commemoration plans by taking their thanks to America's workforce to the skies. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "On Labor Day, Trump slams top union leader and NAFTA," 2 Sep. 2019 With the 18th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, cities throughout Broward County will have events, including memorial ceremonies, fundraisers and runs, among other commemorations. Austen Erblat,, "Remembering 9/11: Events planned throughout Broward County," 29 Aug. 2019 One is that Europe’s commemorations of the Holocaust simply need to be bigger. The Economist, "Historical memorials are not enough to stop anti-Semitism in Europe," 22 Aug. 2019 Since 1929, African Americans in Chicago have marched 2 miles down what’s now King Drive through Bronzeville and into Washington Park in a celebratory display of pride and commemoration of history. Marie Fazio,, "Bud Billiken Parade celebrates 90 years this weekend," 9 Aug. 2019 But when the D-Day veteran traveled to Normandy in 2016 for ceremonies and commemorations on the 72nd anniversary of the invasion, he was treated like a rock star. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ralph Ticcioni parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, and returned 72 years later," 3 Aug. 2019 The Bengals were playing on unfamiliar territory in Dayton in conjunction with the NFL's commemoration of its 100th season. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Report: A.J. Green Expected to Miss 6-8 Weeks With Torn Ligaments in Left Ankle," 28 July 2019

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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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