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
Recent Examples on the Web Time has very much not flown since 2013, and the animated black-hole-of-the-human-condition comedy returned Sunday as a nigh-ancient monument in an ever-shifting TV landscape. Darren Franich,, "Rick and Morty season 4 premieres with a thrilling multiversal time-twister," 11 Nov. 2019 From the Unconditional Surrender monument in Sarasota to the parliament in Sweden, the world’s youth are holding weekly protests and highlighting the realities of climate change, a topic of growing importance to young men and women. Giuseppe Sabella,, "Climate change puts Florida at risk. Public schools are not teaching it the right way, experts say," 8 Nov. 2019 Berkeley commissioned Donahue to create the monuments in 2003. Sarah Ravani,, "Creator of Berkeley I-80 overpass sculptures threatens legal fight," 5 Nov. 2019 The charity also requested permission for a temporary banner to be placed for 59 days on the existing Thomasville monument sign. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta OKs holiday charity use of former furniture store," 1 Nov. 2019 In 1941, work was completed on the Mount Rushmore monument in South Dakota, begun in 1927., "This day in history - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 In a simple ceremony in front of the veterans monuments in Putnam, a group of people gathered to remember the 241 Marines, Army, and Naval personnel who were killed in the Beirut bombing on Oct. 23, 1983. Denise Coffey,, "They Came In Peace," 29 Oct. 2019 These figures are among 140 individuals represented in a dramatic new monument in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican that seeks to encourage tolerance and compassion for refugees. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Monument in the Vatican Encourages Compassion for Refugees," 9 Oct. 2019 The project was born when Wiley saw Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s monument in Richmond, Virginia. NBC News, "Artist Kehinde Wiley unveils bold sculpture in New York's Times Square," 7 Oct. 2019

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

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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 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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