commemorative

adjective
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

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The commemorative coins included in this year's purses celebrated Queen Victoria's 200th birthday, as well as one of the U.K.'s most enduring fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For a Joint Appearance with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Eugenie Rewears a Floral Erdem Dress," 18 Apr. 2019 Trump, who haltingly read a short commemorative prayer by FDR, had seemed much more comfortable two days earlier dining in opulence in Buckingham Palace — despite protests on the streets of London against his visit. Time, "Trump and May Can't Escape Shadow of Politics at Portsmouth's D-Day Ceremony," 5 June 2019 Every year, Queen Elizabeth celebrates Maundy Thursday—a Christian holiday on the Thursday before Easter—by handing out commemorative purses, filled with special coins. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For a Joint Appearance with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Eugenie Rewears a Floral Erdem Dress," 18 Apr. 2019 Sacagawea’s likeness is even on a dollar commemorative coin, first issued in 2000. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 The company also has been working with the nearby River Road African American Museum to arrange commemorative events and accommodate visitors. Washington Post, "Unforgotten: Oil company preserves hidden slave cemeteries," 14 June 2018 The company also has been working with the nearby River Road African American Museum to arrange commemorative events and accommodate visitors. Kevin Mcgill, The Christian Science Monitor, "Oil company works to preserve slave gravesite found on its land," 14 June 2018 Gaga even got a commemorative tattoo to honor the project, which has already swept up all of the original music accolades during awards season thus far, and seems likely to go home with Oscar gold in the category, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kelly Clarkson Covered “Shallow” and the Internet Lost It," 17 Feb. 2019 There are the expected commemorative coffee mugs, featuring the faces of the bride and groom. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "The Royal Family Is Fiercely Protective of Its Brand—Until a Royal Wedding Rolls Around," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of commemorative

1612, in the meaning defined above

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commemorative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of commemorative

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

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