commemorative

adjective

com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tive kə-ˈmem-rə-tiv How to pronounce commemorative (audio)
-ˈme-mə-;
-ˈme-mə-ˌrā-tiv
: intended as a commemoration
especially : issued in limited quantities for a limited time to honor or feature someone or something
a commemorative stamp
commemorative noun
commemoratively adverb

Example Sentences

commemorative stamps for the stars of American popular music
Recent Examples on the Web Saviano presented the retiring chief with a commemorative wristwatch to express the village’s gratitude. Gary Gibula, Chicago Tribune, 19 Jan. 2023 If passed, the resolution would request that the U.S. Postal Service issue a commemorative stamp honoring Cummings, whose district encompassed much of Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County and Howard County. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 17 Jan. 2023 This year marked the return of in-person attendance for the commemorative service. Arkansas Online, 17 Jan. 2023 Activities include a breakfast hosted by the Encinitas Rotary’s Home Team, refreshments, an Embracing Retirement commemorative bag and opportunity drawings. Laura Groch Jan. 15, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2023 On Sunday morning, President Joe Biden is due to speak at a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the historic Atlanta house of worship where King preached from 1960 until his assassination in 1968. CBS News, 14 Jan. 2023 On Sunday morning, President Joe Biden is due to speak at a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the historic Atlanta house of worship where King preached from 1960 until his assassination in 1968. Aaron Morrison, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2023 Her solution was to recraft the space to provide dorms for 1,100 students and supportive housing for 125 low-income residents, along with an open green meadow and commemorative exhibits about the park’s storied history. Teresa Watanabestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Winnie Harlow, who's dating Washington Wizards player Kyle Kuzma, holds a commemorative ball honoring the team's 25th year on Dec. 28. People Staff, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commemorative was in 1612

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“Commemorative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commemorative. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

commemorative

adjective
com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tive kə-ˈmem-ə-rət-iv How to pronounce commemorative (audio)
-ˌrāt-
: intended to commemorate a person, thing, or event
a commemorative postage stamp
commemorative noun

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