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 memorially (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

On Monday, four people were shot and wounded while attending a memorial vigil in Crown Heights. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "As Shootings Spike in Brooklyn, N.Y.P.D. and Prosecutors Collide," 8 Aug. 2019 His visit to the memorial Wednesday lasted less than 45 minutes. James Barragán, Dallas News, "El Pasoans rally around Beto O'Rourke at Walmart vigil as candidate skips key campaign stop," 8 Aug. 2019 The closures come after the Vilnius municipality decided to remove a memorial plaque for a Lithuanian general killed by the Soviets and rename a street originally named after a WWII-era diplomat. Washington Post, "Lithuanian Jewish sites shut after threats amid WWII debate," 7 Aug. 2019 Her death, obituary, and memorial service information were all posted to her Facebook page. Carmella De Los Angeles Guiol, SELF, "I Gave Up All Social Media for One Full Year. Here’s My Report from the Other Side," 7 Aug. 2019 In his later years, Field enjoyed staying in touch daily with his fellow survivors, their family members, European battle re-enactors and families in Southern France through a memorial Facebook page for the 551st. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Daughter honors father’s memory at 75th anniversary of ‘The Other D-Day’ in France," 6 Aug. 2019 Online condolences can be given at www.osceolamemgds.com.To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Judith A Benton please visit our Sympathy Store. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/4," 4 Aug. 2019 The Chuck Mitch memorial golf tournament in memory of the beloved former boxer and restaurateur from St. Paul is Monday at Mendakota Country Club. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Twins’ Max Kepler never dreamed of season this good," 3 Aug. 2019 The memorial commission was already working to replace the sign before the photo was released, Weems says. Tara Law, Time, "Repeatedly-Vandalized Emmett Till Memorial to Be Replaced With Bulletproof Sign," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ever since the sign for Till was mounted by the Emmett Till Memorial Commission in 2008, the memorial has been a constant target. Morgan M. Evans, PEOPLE.com, "3 Ole Miss Students Suspended from Frat After Posing with Guns in Front of Emmett Till Memorial," 26 July 2019 Bill’s publicist also confirmed that there would likely be a public memorial for the southern rapper, who was a founding member of the Geto Boys’ classic lineup that included Willie D and Scarface. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Geto Boys Rapper Bushwick Bill Dead At 52," 10 June 2019 Each year’s vigil is the largest public memorial to those who died. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Tiananmen Anniversary Draws Silence in Beijing but Emotion in Hong Kong," 4 June 2019 About 20,000 people flocked to a public memorial for Hussle a day earlier at Staples Center. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Nipsey Hussle’s family gathers for private funeral in LA," 15 Apr. 2019 The rapper's life was celebrated last Wednesday at a public memorial in Florida. Billboard, "XXXTentacion Shooting: Arrest Warrant Issued for 'Person of Interest'," 5 July 2018 Taggart's memorial was dedicated in 1931 and honored the Irish immigrant who worked his way from a restaurant waiter to mayor of Indianapolis in 1895. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "See the first changes that will transform west side's Riverside Park over the next 25 years," 24 July 2019 Brooklyn's grandmother, Lasangna Ferguson-Fields, made a plea outside the mortuary for an end to the gunfire that has created so many roadside memorials to so many innocents. Journal Sentinel Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mourners weep for loss of Brooklyn Harris, 3-year-old girl killed in road rage incident," 23 July 2019 Stuttgart’s museum opened just last year, and its handling of the Nazi era is more circumspect than that of older German memorials. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Weaponization of National Belonging, from Nazi Germany to Trump," 21 July 2019

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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 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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