com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tive | \ kə-ˈmem-rə-tiv How to pronounce commemorative (audio) , -ˈme-mə-; -ˈme-mə-ˌrā-tiv\

Definition of commemorative

: intended as a commemoration especially : issued in limited quantities for a limited time to honor or feature someone or something a commemorative stamp

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Other Words from commemorative

commemorative noun
commemoratively adverb

Examples of commemorative in a Sentence

commemorative stamps for the stars of American popular music

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Every year, Queen Elizabeth celebrates Maundy Thursday—a Christian holiday on the Thursday before Easter—by handing out commemorative purses, filled with special coins. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For a Joint Appearance with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Eugenie Rewears a Floral Erdem Dress," 18 Apr. 2019 Sacagawea’s likeness is even on a dollar commemorative coin, first issued in 2000. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 The company also has been working with the nearby River Road African American Museum to arrange commemorative events and accommodate visitors. Washington Post, "Unforgotten: Oil company preserves hidden slave cemeteries," 14 June 2018 The company also has been working with the nearby River Road African American Museum to arrange commemorative events and accommodate visitors. Kevin Mcgill, The Christian Science Monitor, "Oil company works to preserve slave gravesite found on its land," 14 June 2018 Gaga even got a commemorative tattoo to honor the project, which has already swept up all of the original music accolades during awards season thus far, and seems likely to go home with Oscar gold in the category, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kelly Clarkson Covered “Shallow” and the Internet Lost It," 17 Feb. 2019 There are the expected commemorative coffee mugs, featuring the faces of the bride and groom. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "The Royal Family Is Fiercely Protective of Its Brand—Until a Royal Wedding Rolls Around," 18 May 2018 On June 8, 1959, the Navy submarine USS Barbero launched a Regulus cruise missile filled with 300 commemorative letters off the coast of Florida in a demonstration-slash-publicity stunt. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Along with the program and mingling session, attendees will receive commemorative merchandise that won't be available anywhere else. Anne Nickoloff,, "Rock band Tool will host intimate music clinic at Agora, and tickets cost $500," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of commemorative

1612, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of commemorative

: intended to honor an important event or person from the past

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something valued as if it were money

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