memorial

adjective
me·​mo·​ri·​al | \ mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce memorial (audio) \

Definition of memorial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving to preserve remembrance : commemorative
2 : of or relating to memory

memorial

noun

Definition of memorial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that keeps remembrance alive: such as
a : monument
b : something (such as a speech or ceremony) that commemorates
2a : record, memoir language and literature … the memorials of another age— J. H. Fisher
b : memorandum, note specifically : a legal abstract
c : a statement of facts addressed to a government and often accompanied by a petition or remonstrance

Other Words from memorial

Adjective

memorially \ mə-​ˈmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce memorial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of memorial in a Sentence

Adjective a memorial plaque on the bridge for a diver who died in the line of duty Noun the Vietnam War Memorial is a starkly beautiful testimonial to the bravery of the soldiers who served in Vietnam
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Finally, in 1891 — with a grand new statue of Robert E. Lee unveiled on what would become Monument Avenue — Hill was moved a third time to a memorial just north of town anchoring a suburban housing development. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 What calmed her were the water fountains flanking a memorial and poem displayed in tribute to the shooting victims. Aaron Morrison, Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2022 The store also created a memorial inside to honor the shooting victims. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 15 July 2022 What calmed her were the water fountains flanking a memorial and poem displayed in tribute to the shooting victims. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 15 July 2022 The president later visited the Yad Vashem memorial to Holocaust victims in Jerusalem. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 The president later visited the Yad Vashem memorial to Holocaust victims in Jerusalem. Josh Boak, Chicago Tribune, 13 July 2022 At a memorial two weeks after his death, villagers gathered in prayer around a long table inside the house, its cinder block walls still exposed, a spread of food laid out in front of them. New York Times, 2 July 2022 At a memorial two weeks after his death, villagers gathered in prayer around a long table inside the house, its cinder block walls still exposed, a spread of food laid out in front of them. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mourners lit candles at a makeshift memorial for a 13-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash at 646 Main Street in Worcester. Alexander Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 In the days since Abe's death, mourners in Nara gathered and placed flowers at a makeshift memorial close to where he was gunned down. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 12 July 2022 People pray and pay their respects at a makeshift memorial where the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed. Rhoda Kwan, NBC News, 9 July 2022 Silvia Schneider Fox and her daughter placed red roses at a makeshift memorial along Central Avenue. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2022 People erected a makeshift memorial, attended prayer vigils and city officials have hung paintings of the six people who were killed in City Hall. Todd Richmond, ajc, 24 June 2022 Photos taken May 26 show Markle, who now lives in California with Prince Harry following their royal exit, dressed in street clothes kneeling at a makeshift memorial outside the Uvalde courthouse. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 23 June 2022 Crosses adorn a makeshift memorial for the victims of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 31, 2022. CBS News, 22 June 2022 By Monday afternoon, a makeshift memorial had sprung up outside Mr. Lee’s Harlem childhood home. Ali Watkins, New York Times, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of memorial

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for memorial

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin memorialis, from memoria memory

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The first known use of memorial was in the 14th century

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“Memorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memorial. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for memorial

memorial

noun
me·​mo·​ri·​al | \ mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce memorial (audio) \

Kids Definition of memorial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something by which the memory of a person or an event is kept alive : monument the Lincoln Memorial

memorial

adjective

Kids Definition of memorial (Entry 2 of 2)

: serving to honor the memory of a person or event a memorial service

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