national monument


Definition of national monument 

: a place of historic, scenic, or scientific interest set aside for preservation usually by presidential proclamation

Examples of national monument in a Sentence

the Statue of Liberty National Monument

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President Barack Obama had established a park and national monument in Maine over LePage’s objections in 2016. Tami Abdollah, The Seattle Times, "2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury," 4 Dec. 2018 Devils Tower, Wyoming Devils Tower, a massive rock structure and national monument, rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and plains in northeastern Wyoming. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Beautiful Sacred Sites Around the World," 29 Mar. 2018 On issues like public land, Eliason takes a nuanced approach but disagrees with Bishop's support for downsizing two sprawling national monuments. Lindsay Whitehurst, Fox News, "3rd-party hopeful brings cash to race with Utah congressman," 8 Aug. 2018 Image Experts say that Mr. Trump’s efforts to roll back protections on national monuments could hit legal roadblocks as well. Coral Davenport, New York Times, "Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Were Fast. It Could Get Messy in Court.," 31 Jan. 2018 The repairs to the pier could be simple, but the issue is complicated by the nature of the site, said Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent of the national monument. Fox News, "USS Arizona Memorial repairs ongoing after cracks discovered on floating pier," 10 June 2018 The debate over shrinking national monuments sparked a fierce political battle, now being fought in the courts, over how much land needs federal protection. Author: Eric Lipton, Lisa Friedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Oil was central in decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument," 2 Mar. 2018 Wheeler helped push for the largest reduction of national monuments. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "5 Things to Know About Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler," 8 July 2018 The woman started climbing shortly after 3 p.m. on what officials described as one of the busiest days of the year for the national monument. New York Times, "Statue of Liberty Climber Upends Holiday for Thousands," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of national monument

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of national monument

: a place (such as an old building or an area of land) that is owned and protected by a national government because of its natural beauty or its importance to history or science

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