mon·​u·​ment ˈmän-yə-mənt How to pronounce monument (audio)
obsolete : a burial vault : sepulchre
: a written legal document or record : treatise
: a lasting evidence, reminder, or example of someone or something notable or great
: a distinguished person
: a memorial stone or a building erected in remembrance of a person or event
archaic : an identifying mark : evidence
also : portent, sign
obsolete : a carved statue : effigy
: a boundary or position marker (such as a stone)
: a written tribute

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of monument was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Monument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


mon·​u·​ment ˈmän-yə-mənt How to pronounce monument (audio)
: something that serves as a memorial
especially : a building, pillar, stone, or statue honoring a person or event
: a work, saying, or deed that lasts or that is worth preserving
the book is a monument of scholarship
: a boundary marker (as a stone)
: a place of historic interest or natural beauty set aside and maintained by the government as public property

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