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 Finishers will be eligible to receive a commemorative medal and tech T-shirt. Brett Shweky,, "It’s all treats - and some drive-thrus - for Halloween 2020 events in South Florida," 8 Oct. 2020 The commemorative coin went on sale before the president was released from the hospital. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "You can preorder a $100 'Trump defeats COVID' commemorative coin at White House Gift Shop," 6 Oct. 2020 These events include Communities Foundation of Texas’ 19th annual Freedom Day event on Sept. 11, one of the largest commemorative community service events in D-FW. Dallas News, "The Spirit of Giving," 6 Sep. 2020 The idea was to move beyond binary debates about problematic monuments — tear down or keep? — and instead emphasize the inaccuracies and omissions of the existing commemorative landscape, including the erasure of Black history. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Amid the Monument Wars, a Rally for ‘More History’," 28 Sep. 2020 Participants will receive a commemorative gift bag featuring a t-shirt, baseball hat, medal and race bib. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland Indians launch Tribe 5k Virtual Race," 22 Sep. 2020 Beneath the commemorative Al Davis Torch, a DJ will be cranking things up before and after the game in a space that will serve as a nightclub — until the game commences. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Las Vegas Raiders set to unveil $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium, known as the 'Death Star,' on 'Monday Night Football'," 21 Sep. 2020 Since the 1980s, the locomotive has been out on the rails for a number of commemorative occasions since its retirement. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the 4468 Mallard Is Such a Badass Train," 20 Sep. 2020 Consider the allure of commemorative postage stamps and postmarks from faraway places. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: For mail clerks, voting ballots will be handled with a sacredness no matter their political persuasion, no matter their bosses," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of commemorative

1612, in the meaning defined above

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15 Oct 2020

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“Commemorative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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