com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tive kə-ˈmem-rə-tiv How to pronounce commemorative (audio)
: intended as a commemoration
especially : issued in limited quantities for a limited time to honor or feature someone or something
a commemorative stamp
commemorative noun
commemoratively adverb

Examples of commemorative in a Sentence

commemorative stamps for the stars of American popular music
Recent Examples on the Web Every baby entered receives a commemorative certificate. Terri Daxon, Orange County Register, 28 June 2024 To commemorate the book’s 25-year anniversary, Bloomsbury Publishing created a commemorative reprint of the famed book with Taylor’s illustration on the cover. Francesca Aton,, 27 June 2024 George Michael has been added to Britain’s Royal Mint’s Music Legends series with three commemorative coins available in gold, silver and a combination of silver, red and black. Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 On June 6, the Prince of Wales stepped out in Normandy, France on the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, and significantly represented the British royals at the international commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for commemorative 

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commemorative was in 1612

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Cite this Entry

“Commemorative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tive kə-ˈmem-ə-rət-iv How to pronounce commemorative (audio)
: intended to commemorate a person, thing, or event
a commemorative postage stamp
commemorative noun

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