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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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 On June 8, 1959, the Navy submarine USS Barbero launched a Regulus cruise missile filled with 300 commemorative letters off the coast of Florida in a demonstration-slash-publicity stunt. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Along with the program and mingling session, attendees will receive commemorative merchandise that won't be available anywhere else. Anne Nickoloff,, "Rock band Tool will host intimate music clinic at Agora, and tickets cost $500," 9 Apr. 2018 Hey, who doesn’t need another traditional commemorative mug to add to their collection? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding China Has Left Royal Family Fans Slightly Confused," 1 Oct. 2018 The commemorative medals pay homage to the milk bottle that is a staple of victory at the Indianapolis 500. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Former Indiana State runner’s 2nd-place Mini-Marathon finish is highest by a male Indiana runner in years," 5 May 2018 Wayne attacked the trunk with vigor, wearing his leather commemorative jacket recalling World War II service aboard a PT boat. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Cutting your own Christmas tree: a day of family traditions on a North Bend farm," 8 Dec. 2018 Two of the ornaments are stamped with the year, making them a commemorative present for couples who have just gotten engaged, married, or welcomed a baby. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Turned Her Farmhouse Into the Christmas Ornament Every 'Fixer Upper' Fan Needs," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of commemorative

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of commemorative was in 1612

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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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