in memoriam

in me·mo·ri·am | \ ˌin-mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əm \

Definition of in memoriam 

: in memory of used especially in epitaphs

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Since the days of the Roman empire, the words In memoriam, followed by a name, have been found on monuments and gravestones. They may also appear in the dedication of a book or poem; Alfred Tennyson's greatest poem is his immense In Memoriam, written over a period of 17 years to mourn the death of his dear friend Arthur Hallam.

First Known Use of in memoriam

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of in memoriam was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of in memoriam

: in memory of (someone who has died)

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