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 In modern times, monument designations may also limit the use of off-road vehicles. The Economist, "The Economist explains What is the Antiquities Act?," 7 Apr. 2021 Bernstein anticipates 10 additional sites associated with Black history will receive city historic-cultural monument designation. Los Angeles Times, "Just 3% of L.A. landmarks are linked to Black history. One project aims to change that," 6 Apr. 2021 The landmark political hip-hop monument’s second visit to The Bushnell will be June 22 through July 10, 2022. Christopher Arnott,, "Bushnell announces new dates for eight ‘Broadway series’ shows postponed due to COVID," 5 Apr. 2021 The order instructs her to provide recommendations regarding monument management and boundary revisions. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will tour Bears Ears on Thursday as monument review heats up," 5 Apr. 2021 But his legislation is up against a monument protection bill from Republican state Sen. Brandon Creighton. al, "Confederate symbols prove difficult to remove in many states," 3 Apr. 2021 One of the most well-known is Stonehenge, the Neolithic monument on England’s Salisbury Plain. Washington Post, "Hiking along Virginia’s Aquia Creek and finding history a stone’s throw from home," 2 Apr. 2021 The article soon made the rounds, and word that Mr. Bennett’s grave remained unmarked made it to the owner of a monument company on Long Island, who offered to donate a marker. New York Times, "How the Yankees’ Luckiest Batboy Ended Up in an Unmarked Grave," 2 Apr. 2021 In 2015, funds were raised again for monument repairs. Andrea Cooper,, "Confederate governor’s monument coming down in Asheville," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Monument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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