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 For those who enjoy limited-edition memorabilia, there’s still time to snag the 2020 commemorative Derby bottle of Woodford Reserve (find out what stores have it here). al, "Celebrate Derby Day from home with cocktails, history and a turtle race | How to watch," 1 May 2020 Husted is speaking at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at a commemorative breakfast event, while LaRose will join the Cincinnati Commemorative Civil Rights March at 10:30 a.m. and speak at Cincinnati Music Hall afterward. cleveland, "State of the State set for March 31: Capitol Letter," 20 Jan. 2020 The commission was created by Congress in 2017 to lead commemorative and educational efforts surrounding the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rebecca Kleefisch steps down from women's suffrage commission citing family reasons," 17 Oct. 2019 Both packages include exclusive merch, such as a T-shirt, puzzle poster, commemorative cup and tote bag. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "The Revivalists Announce Annual New Year's Eve Show & RevHeads Ball in New Orleans," 1 Oct. 2019 There are works of art that are understood to be commemorative, or educational, or evocative, in a way that is respectful. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "Using Art to Talk About the Holocaust in ‘The Evidence Room’," 25 Sep. 2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Kim Jong Un a commemorative war medal as a token of gratitude for the dictator’s handling of Soviet graves located in North Korea. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Putin awards North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a World War II medal," 5 May 2020 There is incredible imagery, new interviews with Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and Dennis Rodman, gossip and intrigue, and, above all, the presence on television, albeit commemorative, of professional sports. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The End of History and ‘The Last Dance’," 2 May 2020 But our stationary engineer, John Lamonte, makes sure the monument is in good shape & ready for annual commemorative wreath. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 9-10," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of commemorative

1612, in the meaning defined above

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“Commemorative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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

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