monument

noun
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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To learn more about the people who built it, archaeologists recently excavated parts of the largest and oldest of these monuments and surveyed the site with ground-penetrating radar. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists explore East Africa’s ancient monumental cemeteries," 21 Aug. 2018 Over the course of those two years, Stewart passionately argued against the removal of Confederate monuments throughout Virginia and defended the actions of some involved in the Charlottesville white supremacist rally that ended in violence. Ryan Nobles, CNN, "How Corey Stewart is dividing Republicans already," 13 June 2018 Before, these costly monuments announced that the regime could reshape Managua at will. Eric Mosinger, Washington Post, "In massive street protests, Nicaraguans are using Ortega’s revolutionary symbols against him," 14 May 2018 Now, Peruvian archaeologists armed with drones have discovered more than 50 new examples of these mysterious desert monuments in adjacent Palpa province, traced onto the earth's surface in lines almost too fine to see with the human eye. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert," 5 Apr. 2018 It’s time for discussions that are open to all within the communities that house these monuments, and decisions on their fate should happen democratically. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: My Confederate Ancestor Is on Monuments; Who Did He Own?," 23 Feb. 2018 Other monuments, such as a gargantuan pair of crossed swords — held by hands modeled after those of Saddam — that loom above Grand Festivities Square or the 673-foot Baghdad TV tower, have also faded. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals, is barely functional," 28 Jan. 2019 The list included the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in Utah, together rolling back protections on 2 million acres of federal lands. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 In New York City, the numbers are astounding—just five monuments honor women, while nearly 150 extol the accomplishments of men. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A New Initiative Is Bringing More Statues of Women to New York City," 10 Dec. 2018

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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

noun

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

monument

noun
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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