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

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Other Words from memorial

Adjective

memorially \ -​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

The local branch of the NAACP here has county officials’ backing to put up a memorial to lynching victims, possibly at the courthouse about a block away from where a Confederate monument still stands—its fate uncertain. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "In the South, New Monuments Look to Honor Victims of Lynching," 2 Mar. 2019 And, lastly, no one found the Henry Cavill mustache fiasco funnier than Henry Cavill himself, who created a memorial video for it after shaving. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 The memorial service was held at a packed chapel on the campus of Belmont University, Yorlets’ alma mater. Travis Loller, The Seattle Times, "Loved ones remember Nashville musician killed in robbery," 11 Feb. 2019 Neighbors have started a memorial outside the home where BCSO investigators found the body of a baby in a closet during a drug raid. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Cops raided Texas home for drugs. They found a baby's body 'beyond decomposition'," 4 July 2018 Community members started a memorial outside a home in Lebanon, Mo., where five children were killed and one adult was injured on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Max Londberg, kansascity, "No smoke alarms found in Ozarks home where five kids were killed by fire, chief says," 12 June 2018 The vote came about 15 years after the issuing of an official apology and almost a decade after the unveiling of a memorial to gay Holocaust victims in Berlin. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride," 31 May 2018 The Facebook page also includes a link to a memorial fund for Zonca's son, Evani. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Noah Zonca, Sacramento chef known for his work at The Kitchen, dies at 41 | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 The museum is designed to provide a historical look at U.S. law enforcement and will include a memorial for officers who have died in the line of duty. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. House OKs Young-sponsored bill allowing gun displays in new police museum," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The memorial, the group said, is meant to force the nation to confront and understand its history. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "By passing the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act this week, the Senate acknowledged its role in decades of racial terrorism.," 21 Dec. 2018 Celeste is one of the lucky ones—struck in the neck by a bullet, rescued from the brink—and an original song performed at the memorial turns her into a precocious national treasure. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Natalie Portman's Pop Star Turn in Vox Lux Bristles with Apocalyptic Foreboding...and Glitter," 13 Dec. 2018 Like Barack Obama, who also delivered a speech at the memorial, Bush had the distinction of running against the Arizona senator in a presidential campaign. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George W. Bush's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 His family will receive friends for memorial calling hours on Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 12 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Duane A. Jones Sr.," 2 July 2018 Hundreds gathered in the Fairfax area for a memorial for rapper XXXTentacion, who was killed in South Florida on Monday. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Boisterous crowd blocks roadway in Fairfax area during memorial for slain rapper XXXTentacion," 20 June 2018 The funding for the Wells memorial is barely halfway to its goal but a new wave of attention to Wells and her work may make the difference. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Flipping the Narrative: Movement to Publicly Honor Black Journalists and Newspapers Grows," 18 June 2018 On Thursday night, several dozen neighbors crowded around Mr. Coleman’s stoop for a memorial. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Requiem for the Irrepressible ‘Mayor’ of West 83rd Street," 8 June 2018 Giving meaningful shape to monuments and memorials in this disputatious era is no easy task. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 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 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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