memorial

1 of 2

adjective

me·​mo·​ri·​al mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce memorial (audio)
1
: serving to preserve remembrance : commemorative
2
: of or relating to memory
memorially adverb

memorial

2 of 2

noun

1
: something that keeps remembrance alive: such as
a
b
: something (such as a speech or ceremony) that commemorates
2
a
: record, memoir
language and literature … the memorials of another ageJ. 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

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
He was honored with a public memorial service in January at Fiserv Forum, the site where Trump is set to officially accept the nomination to run for a second term in the White House on Thursday. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 12 July 2024 The statement came during a memorial ceremony marking the centenary of the Newfoundland National War Memorial that Princess Anne was scheduled to attend before her accident. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024
Noun
Meanwhile, the city of Orlando is in the process of buying the former Pulse nightclub and turning the site into a memorial for the victims of a 2016 shooting in which 49 were killed. David Matthews, New York Daily News, 16 July 2024 Those heroes are remembered with banners on street lamps lining Main Street and a memorial in Diamond Park across from the courthouse. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for memorial 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin memorialis, from memoria memory

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of memorial was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Memorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memorial. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

memorial

1 of 2 adjective
me·​mo·​ri·​al mə-ˈmōr-ē-əl How to pronounce memorial (audio)
-ˈmȯr-
: serving to preserve the memory of a person or an event
a memorial service
memorially adverb

memorial

2 of 2 noun
: something that keeps alive the memory of a person or event
especially : monument sense 1

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