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

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 Shop the memorial collection at XXXTentacion's official website. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "XXXTentacion Memorial Merchandise Collection Released," 9 July 2018 Earlier this month, the foundation unveiled a memorial bench on the grounds of the county courthouse where two of the three killers were prosecuted. New York Times, "In Texas, a Decades-Old Hate Crime, Forgiven but Never Forgotten," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The new walkway that goes from the memorial to the library parking lot offers additional space for engraved pavers. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 McNamara’s service in Memorial Chapel at the University of Maryland at College Park was the last of the memorials for those who died and was held on the campus McNamara knew well. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "John McNamara, killed in Capital Gazette shooting, remembered for his love of sports and devotion to family," 10 July 2018 Among his other projects, Mondeik has raised money to send seven veterans on Honor Flights to the memorials to their respective wars in Washington, all in Kulwicki’s name. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where racing will take him, Justin Mondeik can't be sure, but he's eager to follow the road," 9 July 2018 Julianne Donnelly Tzul, executive director of the IRC’s Boise operation, told reporters before the memorial. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "‘She came to us like a dream’: Hundreds attend memorial for young stabbing victim," 7 July 2018 But the memorial has been closed since May 6, because a connecting dock is suffering from a partial failure of its anchoring system. latimes.com, "Today: Russian Interference, European Edition," 5 July 2018 The memorial will also have a Wall of Stars representing Michigan lives lost. Steven Pepple, Detroit Free Press, "State income tax check-offs to help fund Royal Oak WWII memorial," 1 July 2018 Hundreds more who heard the bell, suspended their festivities briefly and joined the memorial as Prescott Fire Chief Dennis B. Light uttered his opening remarks. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Prescott, still healing, honors 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots five years later," 30 June 2018 The names of those who died are inscribed around the borders of the two memorials. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Surprises await when you explore the green spaces of New York City," 30 June 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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