com·mem·o·ra·tive | \kə-ˈmem-rə-tiv, -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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The first 5,000 fans will receive a free commemorative print of Justify that celebrates his Triple Crown victory. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify parade highlights Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs," 15 June 2018 And in the shade of a tent that served free cola floats, voter registration clipboards were circulated among the new citizens, identifiable by their commemorative medals and tightly clutched American flags. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Immigrants Take Oath at Monticello, Feeling the Weight of the Past," 4 July 2018 About half of his 2018 total came from Nikki Strong, a health care lobbyist, in the form of commemorative coins used for the lieutenant governor’s senior awards. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "In about-face, new Missouri Gov. Parson says he won't accept lobbyist gifts," 6 June 2018 To the bemusement of late-night comedians, the commemorative coin for the Trump-Kim summit is already minted. Barbara Demick,, "Pompeo meets North Korean official in push to rescue nuclear summit," 30 May 2018 But don’t worry: The White House will continue to make — and sell — commemorative coins of the Trump-Kim summit that never was. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump canceled the Kim Jong Un summit — but you can still buy the official summit coin," 24 May 2018 People who bought the commemorative coin before the summit was officially cancelled can request a full refund through the gift shop website. Fortune, "White House Gift Shop Website Crashes After Discounting Commemorative U.S.-North Korea Summit Coins," 24 May 2018 They were incorporated into the display of an official commemorative wedding coin for sale at the Tower of London, where two of Ms. Markle’s royal wife predecessors were jailed by their husband before their beheadings (on site). Caity Weaver, New York Times, "I Also Went to the Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018 Gjertson said in 2013, on the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg and the 50th anniversary of his commemorative stamp. Peter Rowe,, "Roy Gjertson, WWII veteran and postage stamp designer, dies at 92," 12 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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