memorial

adjective
me·​mo·​ri·​al | \mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl \

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

c : keepsake, memento

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

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Other Words from memorial

Adjective

memorially \ -​ə-​lē \ 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

There will be a memorial to five Oak Creek men who are missing in action on distant battlefields. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 Things-to-do this week in the southern suburbs," 9 July 2018 And at a memorial Saturday, Wendi Winters was remembered as a passionate reporter and a hero for her actions on that terrible day. Demarco Morgan, CBS News, "Newspaper shooting victim remembered as hero who confronted suspect," 8 July 2018 On April 4, Janet Tinsely joined investigators and her neighbors for a memorial celebration honoring her daughter, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana child killer who taunted police featured on Investigation Discovery," 13 July 2018 Saturday events conclude with a picnic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a bonfire at 7:15 p.m. Sunday events open at 9:30 a.m. with a dedication of a memorial garden and walkway. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora church to celebrate anniversary," 12 July 2018 And just around the corner is Oscar Wilde’s family home, which faces the Oscar Wilde memorial statue inside Merrion Square Park. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Perfect Weekend Away in Dublin," 11 July 2018 At his request, his ashes were dumped into the Pacific Ocean, where Goldthwait and Zak later take a memorial swim. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "HBO documentary a sad but satisfying visit with Robin Williams," 11 July 2018 Another woman, Dory (Tate Hanyok) fills in for Catherine on this memorial round. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "‘Ladies Foursome’ maintains remarkable chemistry in return to B Street Theatre," 10 July 2018 The wreckage was scoured for identifiable items in the months before the burial, and workers found a number of items that will be added to the memorial collection. Fox News, "Remaining wreckage of Flight 93 is buried at memorial," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the days since a man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked journalists working in the Capital Gazette's newspaper building, people have added flowers, American flags, balloons and notes to a makeshift memorial. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "'We will not be silenced': Reporter at vigil for 5 slain in Capital Gazette shooting," 1 July 2018 On the billboard Hanna holds a picture of Joshua next to a roadside memorial the family maintains on Route 22, near the site of the accident. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford ramps up summer campaign to prevent opioid abuse, provide treatment," 15 June 2018 Five finalists out of 126 artists who competed to contribute to the memorial were also announced in the statement. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "City reveals plans for Boston’s memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King," 8 June 2018 Many are installed as tributes from family members who donate to the memorial. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fallen remembered, President Grant honored at Mt. Soledad," 28 May 2018 Baines said of his reaction to the national memorial. Kyle Ringo, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions," 27 May 2018 The service began with Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Joliet, followed by a procession to the memorial on the courthouse lawn. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "'Remembering is not enough': Will County honors fallen officers, families," 11 May 2018 Workers were still putting up fences and adding other final touches to the sprawling, six-acre memorial during today's tour. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Memorial, museum, recount terror of lynching, slavery's legacies," 23 Apr. 2018 In the weeks following the shooting, people dressed as angels walked next to the memorial as community members paid their respects to the victims. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Memorial for Parkland shooting victims dismantled," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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memorial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of memorial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: created or done to honor a person who has died or to remind people of an event in which many people died

memorial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of memorial (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a monument or ceremony) that honors a person who has died or serves as a reminder of an event in which many people died

memorial

noun
me·​mo·​ri·​al | \mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl \

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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