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 \ mə-​ˈmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce memorial (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 It’s from the inaugural Kissimmee PrideFest, held in 2017, which included a memorial service to the Pulse victims. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, 11 June 2021 Cloonan had called for justice at a memorial service for her son the day before the arrests occurred. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 The two suspects were arrested late Sunday, just one day before the 6-year-old boy's memorial service, according to NBC News Los Angeles. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 8 June 2021 The arrests came after a two-week manhunt and a day after a weekend memorial service for Leos, who was remembered as a child with a vocabulary beyond his years who exuded warmth and tenderness. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 8 June 2021 Aiden Leos was mourned at a memorial service Saturday at Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 His aunt, Patricia Love, organized an online fundraiser to cover the cost of his memorial service. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 Last summer, Whitney felt strong enough to finally retrieve Leslie's ashes from the funeral home and by September, the family organized a memorial service. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Caro Llewellyn, a writer who met Roth at John Updike’s 2009 memorial service, said Bailey misrepresented her platonic friendship with Roth. New York Times, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Armed with advice from museums around the country, museum workers set up signs around the memorial announcing their plans to preserve it. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Students and alumni drew thank you notes to Fallon in chalk around the memorial and in the campus quad. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 Work crews early Thursday began removing the concrete barricades blocking the streets around the memorial at the site where George Floyd died last year. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 This is a remarkable achievement, a living, breathing memorial that asks tough questions and offers a route toward redemption at the community level. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 11 May 2021 Left-wing militants have reportedly been patrolling the autonomous zone around the Floyd memorial, and business owners say crime has spiraled out of control as a result. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, 23 Apr. 2021 Nearby, children were running in circles around a memorial to Russian soldiers who died there in 1945. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 The sun was beginning to set as more than 100 protesters formed a ring around the Taylor memorial in Jefferson Square Park. courier-journal.com, 4 Sep. 2020 That’s us: an unsettled nation occupying concentric circles around a memorial that Douglass saw as unfinished. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2020

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

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14 Jun 2021

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“Memorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memorial. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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