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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Small shrines, ancient stone monuments, and the burial mounds of Japan’s first emperors dot the terraced rice fields. Explore the town on foot and, weather permitting, meet a farming family for a picnic lunch. National Geographic, "Japan: Hiking and Cultural Adventure," 12 June 2019 Other endeavors included a video on 70 of the 700 monuments at Gettysburg, explaining their story, accompanied by 200 photos. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "RB resident’s dog inspires children’s book," 7 June 2019 The round stone monument, created by local artists Patricia Nguyen and John Lee, would list the names and dates of those allegedly tortured by Burge and officers under his command for nearly 20 years on the South Side. Alejandro Serrano,, "Lightfoot is pressed to fund memorial for police torture victims under Jon Burge," 7 June 2019 Nostalgia for the monument, first completed in 1345, has run high. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Notre Dame Will Probably Look Exactly Like It Used To," 29 May 2019 The Gothic monument, which overlooks the River Seine that runs through Paris, is widely considered an architectural feat, popular tourist attraction, and historic and religious site. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Some of Notre Dame's Famous Pieces Are Being Moved to the Louvre," 15 Apr. 2019 Rather, the National Museum is a triumphant monument, an encapsulation, and a seminar on Qatar’s past, present, and future. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Historians point to recent fights over Confederate monuments and a lack of interest by younger generations as some of the reasons. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Civil War Battlefields Lose Ground as Tourist Draws," 25 May 2019 To cap an already lavish evening, the VIPs will be escorted to their chambers for the night: A luxe mini replica of the iconic pyramid inside of the full-sized monument. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Here's Your Chance to Have a Private Sleepover at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 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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