mon·​u·​ment | \ˈmän-yə-mənt \

Definition of monument 

1 obsolete : a burial vault : sepulchre

2 : a written legal document or record : treatise

3a(1) : a lasting evidence, reminder, or example of someone or something notable or great

(2) : a distinguished person

b : a memorial stone or a building erected in remembrance of a person or event

4 archaic : an identifying mark : evidence also : portent, sign

5 obsolete : a carved statue : effigy

6 : a boundary or position marker (such as a stone)

8 : a written tribute

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Examples of monument in a Sentence

They have erected a monument in his honor. the Quakers disapproved of monuments, regarding them as idolatrous, so thousands of Nantucketers spend their eternal rest in complete anonymity

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In the adjacent Washington Square is a 1904 monument to Confederate Gen. Pierre Beauregard, beneath which someone has left flowers. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "A Historical Society Grapples With the Past," 10 Oct. 2018 But perhaps the pièce de résistance is the monument A Tribute to Human Dignity, which was built from the same marble used by Michelangelo. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brunello Cucinelli Celebrates 40 Years," 25 Sep. 2018 The enormous Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest on the continent, was a monument to their status and influence. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 The KFC Yum Center is a bold monument to Louisville's civic pride and ambition. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "How KFC Yum Center became Louisville's billion-dollar baby," 12 July 2018 More: James Brown's band leader: King Records could be a 'monument to the city' Bootsy Collins, Cincinnati's own funk music legend, was at King Records to greet White. Chris Mayhew,, "Jack White pays homage to King Records Cincinnati before Bunbury," 4 June 2018 MoMA is a monument to human creativity, to the art that illuminates the modern world. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Carolina Herrera, Chuck Close, and Cindy Sherman Celebrate Agnes Gund at MoMA’s Party in the Garden," 1 June 2018 Two towering obelisks in one of its two cemeteries are monuments to the never-say-die spirit of this place. Maria Panaritis,, "St. Denis Fun Fair: I dare you to say this Havertown tradition, now 50, will ever die. | Maria Panaritis," 4 May 2018 The new statue at the West Indian Warehouse is one of Denmark’s only monuments to its Danish colonies. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Statue Immortalizes Mary Thomas, Who Led a Revolt Against Danish Colonial Rule," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of monument

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monument

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin monumentum, literally, memorial, from monēre to remind — more at mind

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English Language Learners Definition of monument

: a building, statue, etc., that honors a person or event

: a building or place that is important because of when it was built or because of something in history that happened there

: an example of something


mon·​u·​ment | \ˈmän-yə-mənt \

Kids Definition of monument

1 : a structure (as a building, stone, or statue) made to keep alive the memory of a person or event

2 : something that serves as a good reminder or example “That is a monument to the foolishness of love.”— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

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