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

In his first visit to the city since 1998, Netanyahu attended a memorial ceremony marking the 90th anniversary of a massacre of Hebron’s Jewish community in which 67 people were killed. Washington Post, "Israeli PM pays pre-election trip to volatile West Bank city," 5 Sep. 2019 The symphonette is also offering a memorial scholarship in remembrance of longtime symphonette friend and cellist Millie Boaz, who died in early August, said Reiner. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Symphonette seeking string players," 4 Sep. 2019 No photo, but the Packers are adding a memorial helmet decal for Bart Starr, who died earlier this year. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Uni Watch: NFL Uniform Preview 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 In Iceland, for example, officials and environmentalists recently unveiled a memorial plaque for a glacier recognized as the country’s first to disappear as a result of climate change. Fox News, "Russia maps 5 new Arctic islands discovered by eagle-eyed student," 31 Aug. 2019 Deborah Dean in a memorial garden dedicated to her slain daughter, Shavon Dean, at West 109th Street and South Wentworth Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "11-year-old ‘Yummy’ Sandifer was on the run for killing a teenage girl. Then he was killed by his own gang in a Chicago story that shocked the nation 25 years ago.," 29 Aug. 2019 Others getting memorial recognition at the Sept. 25 ceremony include Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison from Lorain, concert producer Mike Belkin and TV personality Fred Griffith. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Arts Prize will again recognize John Pearson and the late Audra Skuodas," 27 Aug. 2019 Before her death, Patricia Olson moved her husband’s body from its original resting place to another cemetery without telling Crane’s first family, then set up a memorial website with her son Scott that peddled some of Crane’s amateur pornos. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The tragic, unsolved murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane," 26 Aug. 2019 The Abbey Road Condominium Trust says the 2012 land deal with Randa only allows him to maintain the memorial’s permanent installations, not to add new or temporary ones. USA TODAY, "Burro bandits, sugarcane shake-up, naked bike ride: News from around our 50 states," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anyone who calls this version of the Coliseum a war memorial is either incredibly naïve or appallingly disingenuous. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Pressure on Clay Helton now that USC has lost JT Daniels to injury," 1 Sep. 2019 The court relied heavily on historical practice in reaching a decision, citing the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding the Peace Cross war memorial. Fox News, "Pennsylvania House's policy banning atheists from opening prayer does not violate Constitution, court says," 27 Aug. 2019 Thanks to Alissa Banks, the Banks family, and guys from our business like John Romano, Peter King and Sam Farmer that put together a really nice memorial service for Don Banks on Saturday at Fenway Park. Albert Breer, SI.com, "How the Colts Are Pushing Forward Without Andrew Luck," 26 Aug. 2019 The city of Norfolk’s suit, filed in federal court, targets a Virginia law that prevents the removal of war memorials. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 Eleven days after a domestic terrorist attack shattered this city, its grieving residents joined together Wednesday evening for a community memorial service that drew people from all over -- Mexico, Austin, and far beyond. Dallas News, "Abbott decries racism as thousands grieve, celebrate the lives of 22 people killed in El Paso massacre," 14 Aug. 2019 Details of his memorial service and funeral will be announced later this week, family spokeswoman Sthembile Shabangu said. Stephanie Busari And Stephanie Halasz, CNN, "South African 'Spaceboy' set to be first black African in space dies in crash," 8 July 2019 His memorial service, held on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, was a three-hour event that attracted thousands of fans who wanted to say goodbye in person — some 17,000 tickets were given away to members of the public. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "10 Years After Michael Jackson’s Death, The King Of Pop’s Legacy Is In Shambles," 25 June 2019 Defenders of the cross in Bladensburg, a suburb of the nation's capital, had argued that a ruling against them could doom hundreds of war memorials that use crosses to commemorate soldiers who died. Jessica Gresko, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court allows World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland," 20 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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