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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Each attendee will get 15 3-ounce tasters, access to a silent disco and lawn games, commemorative glassware and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: 16 things to do outside Comic-Con without a badge," 16 July 2019 Nature, although beyond our control, is also predicted to perform a commemorative role, by providing a full moon in Tuesday’s night sky. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Tuesday’s full moon a reminder of Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago," 15 July 2019 In addition to being able to view Tarantino's films, fans attending the ArcLight event will be treated to nostalgic beverage offerings, guest Q&As and commemorative keepsakes. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': Cinerama Dome Sets Quentin Tarantino Tribute," 15 July 2019 The result: 24 commemorative digital covers celebrating the 2019 champions. Avi Creditor,, "SI’s 24 USWNT Commemorative Digital Covers," 12 July 2019 Tickets for the fest, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., cost $45 through July 15, $55 thereafter and $100 for VIP, which includes early entry, meal voucher and commemorative pint glass. Susan Bryant,, "Craft beer plus cool AC equals Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest," 12 July 2019 Food trucks will be there, and many downtown restaurants and bars will have special commemorative drinks. Lee Roop |,, "Huntsville sets Apollo 11 anniversary events," 12 July 2019 Tickets -- $15 in advance, $20 at the door -- include a commemorative glass, a passport to keep track of your stops (and enter in a drawing at the end of the night) and a wine guide. Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Taking your pooch to a play and more things to do," 5 July 2019 There will be food trucks, a band, giveaways, interactive displays, a commemorative photo booth and more. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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