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 event will be for only one day, and this collection includes several books full of first-day covers, mint, presidential, and United Nations stamps commemorative sets, bags of loose foreign and domestic stamps, and a few coins. Sharina Taveras Lopez, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "South Carroll: Integrace Fairhaven hosting Treasure Shop; bestselling romance authors coming to town," 11 Sep. 2019 Vice President Mike Pence was to deliver remarks at a commemorative service in Shanksville. Deb Reichmann, chicagotribune.com, "Trump marks 9/11 anniversary amid frustration about ‘endless war’ in Afghanistan," 11 Sep. 2019 In a commemorative interview on his ninety-third birthday, in 2017, Robert Mugabe, who was the President of Zimbabwe at the time, reflected on his new American counterpart. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Robert Mugabe and the Fate of Democracy in Africa," 9 Sep. 2019 Seated program with desserts, cheese, and wine, free books, a commemorative tote, and the chance to mingle with the authors. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Literary calendar: The week of Sept. 8," 8 Sep. 2019 This year’s World Heritage Festival included the public release of a commemorative quarter that celebrates San Antonio’s historic missions. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Quarter honoring San Antonio’s historic missions quarter now in circulation," 5 Sep. 2019 Unable to accommodate the free trips, the carrier instead provided commemorative boarding passes for the MD-80. Mary Schlangensteinbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Crews loved and hated the MD-80 jet. After 36 years, American Airlines says goodbye," 4 Sep. 2019 The original commemorative march that was banned intended to walk to the Beijing’s representative office here, but due to the police presence around it, protesters marched to the government district instead. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong is burning, five years to the day after Beijing dashed its hopes of democracy," 31 Aug. 2019 The $25 advance admission fee includes a commemorative stein and one beer. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Here’s where you’ll find Connecticut’s fall beer festivals from now to mid-November," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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