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memorial

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

Definition of memorial

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

memorially

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of memorial in a Sentence

  1. a memorial plaque on the bridge for a diver who died in the line of duty

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Origin and Etymology of memorial

Middle English, from Latin memorialis, from memoria memory


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memorial

noun

Definition of memorial

1 :something that keeps remembrance alive: such as
b :something (such as a speech or ceremony) that commemorates
2 a :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

Examples of memorial in a Sentence

  1. the Vietnam War Memorial is a starkly beautiful testimonial to the bravery of the soldiers who served in Vietnam

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First Known Use of memorial

14th century


MEMORIAL Defined for English Language Learners

memorial

adjective

Definition of memorial for English Language Learners

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


memorial

noun

Definition of memorial for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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memorial

noun me·mo·ri·al \ mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of memorial for Students

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

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memorial

adjective

Definition of memorial for Students

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


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