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

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Some indigenous lands and monuments, including the world famous Uluru, have been returned to their original owners, though major issues remain. James Griffiths, CNN, "Australia to hold a vote on finally recognizing indigenous people in the country's constitution," 11 July 2019 Fall of chimneys, factory stacks, columns, monuments, walls. Rong-gong Lin Ii,, "How could Ridgecrest earthquakes kill someone 180 miles away in Nevada?," 10 July 2019 Of course, the concert ends with the grandest finale of them all: a spectacular fireworks show over the nation's most iconic monuments, complete with live cannon fire. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 'A Capitol Fourth' Concert Includes Some of America's Best Performers," 3 July 2019 As in years prior, the grimly unlucky and the overly egotistical will perish; their bodies, frozen solid as monuments, left on the mountain as gruesome harbingers of next year’s mistakes. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019 To promote the historical significance of this monument, the Board of Trustees has scheduled guided tours of the building and museum., "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 19 June 2019 The structure sits around today relatively unchanged—an enduring monument of World War II, and a convenient backdrop for telling stories about it. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 A decade ago, people came from all over the world to see Mali’s landscapes and monuments, which include four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Anna Pujol-mazzini, Time, "Violence in Mali Put an End to a Thriving Tourist Industry. Now the Government Wants to Tap Into China's Tourism Market," 18 June 2019 Others argue that the destruction itself has become a historical monument, and that the ruins should be preserved as is, a visible reminder of Taliban iconoclasm. New York Times, "2 Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain.," 18 June 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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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