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
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

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 At the end of the wall, and the end of the meandering story, a towering sculpture of a proud Native American warrior keeps watch, looking out over the memorial and fountain and to the Washington Monument rising far beyond. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans," 11 May 2018 Former Vice President Al Gore and women's rights icon Gloria Steinem will be among the speakers in Montgomery for the opening of a memorial and museum intended to call new attention to America's history of racial injustice. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Al Gore, Gloria Steinem to speak at Montgomery's 'Peace and Justice' summit," 25 Apr. 2018 While Joann, daughter Kelly and others began to organize a memorial, friends noted that it had already been planned — by Flanagan. Ben Fong-torres, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 40 DJ John Mack Flanagan dies at 71," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

State juvenile justice administrators, who have not denied the allegations, will dedicate a memorial to the suffering of The White House Boys — who found one another through the Internet — at a formal ceremony at the Marianna campus Tuesday. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 Its supporters say that it should be left alone as a memorial to a violent conflict. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 The nation’s first memorial to the victims of lynching opened in Alabama this past April. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Black Senators Introduce Bill To Make Lynching A Federal Hate Crime," 1 July 2018 According to the fund's website, the wall is a memorial to the more than 58,000 men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the Vietnam War. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Photos of Detroit veterans sought for online Vietnam memorial," 12 June 2018 The memorial will feature a 9-foot-long I-beam, which was recovered from the remnants of the North Tower after 9/11/2001. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Volunteers will spread out across the area to help others: Whit & Whimsey," 13 Apr. 2018 The memorial features the antenna leaning on a 17-foot scale model of Freedom Tower, the new 1 World Trade Center. Nic Rowan, WSJ, "A Heartland 9/11 Memorial," 10 Sep. 2018 The legendary hard rocker passed away in his sleep on June 22 in Las Vegas at age 54 and the public memorial featured a video tribute from former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo, who had been estranged from Abbott for years. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Friends, Family, Former Bandmates Pay Tribute to Vinnie Paul at Dallas Memorial," 2 July 2018 After the funeral, mourners gathered at the bodega where Lesandro was killed and where a memorial of candles, posters and flowers had grown. New York Times, "Bronx Mourns Teenager Killed in Vicious Attack," 27 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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