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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Lumianski and other Phoenix Commission members, like Carol Culbertson, have worked for the last 20 years to create a Cold War monument, using the submarine’s remains, at Steele Indian School Park. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Trust, brotherhood and pink underwear: USS Phoenix submarine vets reflect on life at sea," 27 June 2018 Two arrests related to intoxication were made at a solstice celebration at Avebury, another Neolithic stone monument site, according to police. Eli Meixler, Time, "Thousands Gather for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge to Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year," 21 June 2018 Workers will scale the scaffolding of the 210-foot-building to review and make necessary repairs to the monument's leaky roof. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Why there's scaffolding around much of the Indiana War Memorial," 13 July 2018 Wong says the monuments humanize the larger-than-life leaders who created and guided the country. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great American attractions overlooked by locals," 10 July 2018 Thousands of people were evacuated from Liberty Island on July 4 after a woman scaled the monument to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies and refused to come down. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Woman Climbs Statue of Liberty to Protest Family Separations, Island Shut Down," 5 July 2018 Willis said federal regulations prohibit hanging banners from the monument. Jennifer Peltz And Jake Pearson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Protester climbs up Statue of Liberty in defense of border families," 5 July 2018 The 20-foot-tall monument stands across the street from one of Sam Walton’s first stores, now part of the Walmart Museum. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Walmart Takes a Stand on Guns, Gay Rights to Get People to Like It More," 5 July 2018 Several hundred people stood in steamy heat for the ceremony in the shadow of the 630-foot-tall monument to westward expansion that sits along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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