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
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

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Other Words from memorial

Adjective

memorially \ mə-​ˈmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce memorially (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 His attempt to amend the bill forced Harris and Booker to come to the Senate floor to object and delay its passage, on the day of Floyd’s memorial service. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Spotlight on Kamala Harris exposes solitude of black women at top of politics," 20 June 2020 At the recent memorial service in Brooklyn for George Floyd, the unarmed man who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, Mr de Blasio heard loud and clear what many New Yorkers think of his unwavering support for the police. The Economist, "How’s he doin’? New Yorkers turn their backs on Bill de Blasio," 20 June 2020 Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather helped pay for Floyd's funeral and memorial service. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Barbra Streisand gives Disney stock to George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter," 15 June 2020 In recent months that has dramatically changed, after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Mr. Floyd, for whom a memorial service was held this week. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "How support for Black Lives Matter has surged, in one chart," 12 June 2020 George Floyd's niece made a reference to President Trump's 2016 campaign slogan during a memorial service honoring the life and legacy of her uncle. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "George Floyd's niece: 'When has America ever been great?'," 9 June 2020 Unable to hold a proper funeral and memorial service because of the coronavirus pandemic, tow truck drivers memorialized Echeverria on Saturday with a procession of trucks. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The world needs more Ramons': Tow truck drivers memorialize one of their own killed on the job along I-94," 6 June 2020 Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer. NBC News, "Arrests made at Minnesota Capitol," 3 June 2020 Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "George Floyd memorial services, funeral to be held in Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas," 2 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After walking the streets, my friends and I ate Crown Fried Chicken on a bench outside a Communist memorial and cried for our old lives. Erin Gravley, Harper's Magazine, "Fever Dreams," 23 June 2020 In Baltimore, a statue and memorial to George Washington in a city park were vandalized with red paint. BostonGlobe.com, "Jail allowed only white staff to guard ex-officer charged with killing George Floyd," 21 June 2020 The circle in Jefferson Square Park has already turned into a memorial over the past weeks and is full of signs, flowers, photos and messages in support of Taylor and the Black Lives Matter movement. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "300+ motorcyclists ride to Louisville to support renaming public area after Breonna Taylor," 21 June 2020 Video on social media showed a man who was at the memorial appearing to defend the White Lives Matter signs. Christopher Brito, CBS News, ""White Lives Matter" spray-painted across Arthur Ashe statue in Virginia," 18 June 2020 Jess sees a flash of Monty standing at the memorial, so Clay's not the only one who's dealing with visions of him. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 Williams’ rebuke comes a day after de Blasio was booed off the stage at a George Floyd memorial in Brooklyn. Fox News, "De Blasio can no longer 'hide behind' his black wife, children, NYC official says," 6 June 2020 The image shows a memorial with a photo and flowers, surrounded by candles — one flame beginning to set alight the flag of the United States. NBC News, "Photo: Justin Trudeau takes a knee," 6 June 2020 People at the memorial stood in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds -— the length of time that Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing Floyd, had his knee on Floyd's neck. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 5: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, coronavirus, lynching," 5 June 2020

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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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25 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Memorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memorial. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for memorial

memorial

adjective
How to pronounce memorial (audio)

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 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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