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

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To cap an already lavish evening, the VIPs will be escorted to their chambers for the night: A luxe mini replica of the iconic pyramid inside of the full-sized monument. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Here's Your Chance to Have a Private Sleepover at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019 The steep angle was great for pictures, but not so much for tourist safety or the longevity of the monument. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The Leaning Tower of Pisa has straightened its posture a bit," 27 Nov. 2018 The statue is part of a monument to Greene, who was a general in the Revolutionary War. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Georgia Police Are Looking for Someone Who Put Googly Eyes on a Park Statue," 14 Oct. 2018 Nichols is unapologetic about the UDC’s monuments being called divisive. Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 The inside of the monument is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Police blocked roads leading to the square but allowed small groups of labor union representatives to lay wreaths and flowers at monuments there. Fox News, "Workers, activists mark May Day with defiant rallies," 1 May 2018 On Monday evening, Trump, Macron and their wives toured Washington’s monuments in the Marine One helicopter and landed at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, for a dinner. Fortune, "Trump Threatens Iran Over Nuclear Program in Macron Meeting," 24 Apr. 2018 Search North Carolina’s Civil War monuments using the map below. Joe Marusak And Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "NC panel reviews potential for Confederate monuments removal from Capitol grounds," 12 Jan. 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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monument

noun

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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