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
Recent Examples on the Web Ukraine’s central bank has issued a commemorative coin for the 80th anniversary, the first time such an initiative has taken place in Ukraine. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 1 Oct. 2021 She has also been honored in a number of news stories and was issued a presidential commemorative coin at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony by President Barack Obama in 2015. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 23 Sep. 2021 Tragically in 2016, an intruder broke into her home, beat her and stole her commemorative coin. Joelle Goldstein,, 22 Sep. 2021 Directed by Jesse Lauter, the film time-shifts between the 1970 tour (with clips from the first Mad Dogs movie), footage from the commemorative gig at the Lockn’ Festival in 2015, and interviews with the surviving players of the original shows. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Purchase tickets online by Sept. 22 to receive a free commemorative stein. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Also designing the commemorative 1896 hat for the players and partners at the John Shippen Invitational. Stephanie Tharpe, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 This museum-quality example is the last of 35 commemorative versions the watchmaker made in 1965, according to the auction house. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2021 Includes drink tickets, commemorative taster glass and option to purchase anniversary bottles. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of commemorative

1612, in the meaning defined above

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“Commemorative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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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