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

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 It is intended to serve as a monument to the Filipino American community, which is one of the largest Asian American groups in California but has never had the visibility of Chinese, Japanese or Korean populations. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Constructed by architectural firm John Graham & Company in just eight months, the tower’s sleek design marked it as a monument to America’s vision of a technologically advanced, capitalist future. Grant Wong, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 The organization described the new building as a monument to that ambition. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Biden and his team specifically chose as his backdrop the Royal Castle, which was destroyed during World War II and rebuilt as a monument to Polish history and culture. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 The Shanghai Tower, at 632 meters, stands as a monument to form over substance, the unpleasant face behind the mask of China’s urban modernization. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 27 Feb. 2022 The cemetery’s original landscaping of grass and small trees got revamped when the site was rededicated in 1974 as a monument to the Mormon pioneers who died making the trek westward to Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Dec. 2021 Rocks were piled on top as a monument to this precious soul who had given us 18 years of joy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Dec. 2021 World Trade Center stands as a monument to those who died on 9/11, and to those who lived. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Monument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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