monument

noun mon·u·ment \ ˈmän-yə-mənt \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of monument

1 obsolete : a burial vault : sepulchre
2 : a written legal document or record : treatise
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 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

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

Recent Examples of monument from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of monument

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


MONUMENT Defined for English Language Learners

monument

noun

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

monument

noun mon·u·ment \ ˈmän-yə-mənt \

Definition of monument for Students

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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