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

Family, friends and fans will say goodbye to Lorenzen at a memorial service Wednesday afternoon, but his place in the hearts of Big Blue Nation will last long into the future. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Jared Lorenzen was not Kentucky's best quarterback, but he was its most memorable," 10 July 2019 Curtis said a memorial service will be scheduled Justin Phillips is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Former San Francisco star chef Elka Gilmore dies at 59," 9 July 2019 According to the Patrouille Suisse's official Twitter account, the planes were due to perform for 15 minutes from 11 a.m. The demonstration would have accompanied a memorial service and musical entertainment, Langenbruck's official website said. CNN, "Swiss aerial display team performs over wrong festival after losing its way," 9 July 2019 The event ended with more prayers at a memorial service in a field just beyond the crash site. Fox News, "Thousands of motorcyclists ride in honor of 7 bikers killed in NH crash," 8 July 2019 Tara O’Sullivan’s memorial service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Bayside Church Adventure Campus in Roseville. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Father of slain Sacramento police officer Tara O’Sullivan speaks," 26 June 2019 In December 2013, Ralph Brissette attended a memorial service at Union Station for the 17 workers killed in the explosion. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Blast in Sylmar water tunnel kills 17," 24 June 2019 Gaulke’s girlfriend of four years set up a GoFundMe to raise money for his medical expenses, memorial service, and a foundation that raises awareness around brain trauma. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Nashville’s mayor wants to ban electric scooters after a man died riding one," 24 June 2019 Plans for a July 19 memorial service are incomplete. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Fred Mirmiran, civil engineer and medical philanthropist, dies," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stevenson created a 13-minute video that showcases the mountain today and the memorials to the firefighters. oregonlive.com, "Courage and shock still resonate 25 years after deadly Storm King Mountain fire," 5 July 2019 There are no memorials to the dead; neither are there monuments or other institutions that encourage deliberation over the Amin years. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 In Orlando, the owner of the Pulse nightclub plans to make the site into a museum and a memorial to the 49 people gunned down there in 2016. Kathleen Foody, Fortune, "'They Want to Experience It.' Why Columbine Might Be Demolished 20 Years After School Shooting," 14 June 2019 The Blue Star Memorial Program began in 1944 when the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs planted 8,000 dogwood trees as a living memorial to World War II veterans. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "St. Columbkille, Holy Family students receive tuition aid from Brookside Gives Back Fund: Sun Postings," 11 June 2019 The pet section also has a memorial to K9 and military dogs. Jen A. Miller, SELF, "When My Dog Died, I Discovered a Thriving Pet Funeral Industry I Never Knew Existed," 9 Apr. 2019 Included in the definition of criminal trespass is the defacing, mutilating or defiling any grave marker, monument, or memorial to one or more deceased persons who served in the military service. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 The designation, marking the anniversary of the city lifeguard’s death in the line of duty in 2014, joins other enduring memorials that Newport has created in the past five years. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport Beach designates day to honor fallen lifeguard Ben Carlson," 26 June 2019 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity or a charity of your choice. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/27," 25 June 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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