monument

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noun mon·u·ment \ˈmän-yə-mənt\

Definition of monument

  1. 1 obsolete :  a burial vault :  sepulchre

  2. 2 :  a written legal document or record :  treatise

  3. 3 a (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. 4 archaic :  an identifying mark :  evidence; also :  portent, sign

  5. 5 obsolete :  a carved statue :  effigy

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

  7. 7 :  national monument

  8. 8 :  a written tribute

Examples of monument in a sentence

  1. They have erected a monument in his honor.

  2. <the Quakers disapproved of monuments, regarding them as idolatrous, so thousands of Nantucketers spend their eternal rest in complete anonymity>

Origin and Etymology of monument

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


First Known Use: 13th century


MONUMENT Defined for English Language Learners

monument

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noun mon·u·ment \ˈmän-yə-mənt\

Definition of monument for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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noun mon·u·ment \ˈmän-yə-mənt\

Definition of monument for Students

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

  2. 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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