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 Britain's government has just approved a controversial plan to expand a highway and build a tunnel to improve traffic conditions around what ancient monument? CNN, "CNN 10 - November 20, 2020," 20 Nov. 2020 All this to say that her legacy remains worthy of serious consideration, and that a monument honoring her life and legacy would be a worthy thing. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Mary Wollstonecraft Deserves Better," 19 Nov. 2020 Gibson said the starting price for a tree, which will be marked with a survey monument on the ground, is $4,900 — about half the cost of burying a person, which increase it to about $15,000 when the cost of the plot is included. Steven Goode,, "A different kind of cemetery: Memorial forest pairing remains with conservation opening in Connecticut in 2021," 18 Nov. 2020 As envisioned, this lighthouse — big, grand and believed to be the first of its kind on the Gulf Coast — would also serve as a monument of sorts. Mike Scott,, "Thomas Jefferson's grand plan for a Gulf Coast lighthouse survived after an initial dark period," 17 Nov. 2020 The British government went against the recommendations of planning officials Thursday, approving controversial plans for a road tunnel to be built near the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in southern England. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "Tunnel plan near Stonehenge gets UK government consent," 12 Nov. 2020 The statue is an addition to another gilded monument unveiled in 2015 that featured Berdymukhamedov riding on the back of local Akhal-Teke horses, which are famous for their stamina and beauty. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Turkmenistan leader memorializes local sheepdog with massive gold statue," 12 Nov. 2020 Protesters have addressed the Marshall County Commission about the flag and monument but the commission has not taken any action. Paul Gattis |, al, "Confederate flag removed at Alabama courthouse," 12 Nov. 2020 Earlier this year, the East Valley resident saw P. H. Egan recognized for his service once again in a new monument at the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens in the Talking Stick Entertainment District near Scottsdale. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "'Their light will continue to go on': USS Arizona memorial near Phoenix honors veterans," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Monument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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