monument

noun
mon·​u·​ment | \ ˈmän-yə-mənt How to pronounce monument (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Law enforcement also said that graffiti was found at the base of a monument, approximately one mile away from Plymouth Rock, dedicated to the passengers of the Mayflower. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'Unfathomable and unconscionable': Plymouth Rock vandalized on eve of 400th anniversary of Mayflower landing," 18 Feb. 2020 Selecting one of the periods from the site’s menu takes the user to a page with a brief history lesson and links to individual monuments, rendered with each era’s architectural additions. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "These 3-D Models Offer a Digital Glimpse Into 3,000 Years of Athens’ History," 15 Feb. 2020 In January, the city was ordered by the Alabama Supreme Court to pay $25,000 for obstructing the view of the monument, under state law. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Here’s what Randall Woodfin said about Confederate monuments," 12 Feb. 2020 Elsewhere in the city, under a full moon, about 1,000 people gathered around the city’s most important monument, a statue of Thao Suranari, who is credited with saving her people from an invading Lao king in the early 19th century. Time, "Families of Thai Shooting Victims Wait for Answers and Bodies," 10 Feb. 2020 Elsewhere in the city, under a full moon, about 1,000 people gathered around the city’s most important monument, a statue of Thao Suranari, who is credited with saving her people from an invading Lao king in the early 19th century. Washington Post, "Families of Thai shooting victims wait for answers, bodies," 10 Feb. 2020 Participants in the conference will also visit monuments, museums and historical sites throughout the city. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Road Scholar travel organization to host civil rights conference in Montgomery," 27 Jan. 2020 Jacques Chirac will lie in state Sunday during a public ceremony at the Invalides monument, where France honors its heroes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mourners say goodbye to late French President Jacques Chirac," 29 Sep. 2019 Today there are multiple stretches that carry the Dixie Highway name in Florida and, as conversations continue to play out about what to do with Confederate monuments, there is a growing interest in changing the name. New York Times, "‘We’ve Got to Change This’: Has Dixie Highway Reached the End of the Road?," 20 Jan. 2020

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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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“Monument.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monument. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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monument

noun
How to pronounce monument (audio)

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

monument

noun
mon·​u·​ment | \ ˈmän-yə-mənt How to pronounce monument (audio) \

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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