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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The monument will be 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide by 2 feet deep and will include a summary of the tragic circumstances surrounding the Groveland Four. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Lake moves forward with Groveland Four monument, plans further displays of black history, civil rights," 16 Sep. 2019 There is no memorial devoted to Grant anywhere along the parkway; nor are there any public monuments to Grant at the zoo. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist," 19 Aug. 2019 The Towson monument was built by Baltimore County and dedicated in September 1921, according to the Maryland Historical Trust. Libby Solomon,, "Bladensburg Cross Supreme Court ruling eases uncertainty for Towson's Wayside Cross," 20 June 2019 Archaeologists have confirmed the site’s importance and say the henge is about 5,000 years old, based on when similar monuments in the area were built. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Drought Uncovers Ancient Irish Henge," 1 Jan. 2019 The monument was built in 1894 to honor the more than 9,000 Cuyahoga County residents who served during the Civil War. Plain Dealer Staff,, "Tunnel tours draw biggest crowd ever, under Public Square," 21 Apr. 2018 In a sane society, racists and bigots don’t get monuments. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: There is no gray area in Stapleton name debate (8/30/19)," 1 Sep. 2019 Across the country, efforts to not only change names, but also take down monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals have not come without controversy. Scott Mclean, CNN, "Property owners in Denver neighborhood vote to keep its controversial name," 21 Aug. 2019 Günther paid his respects at a Swakopmund graveyard monument erected to commemorate the victims of the colonial concentration camp there. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 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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