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
Recent Examples on the Web Obama also issued proclamations to declare new national monuments in Utah and Nevada in his final days in office. Kevin Freking,, "Trump derided Obama’s executive orders as ‘power grabs.’ But in each year of his presidency, Trump has surpassed Obama’s total over the same time span.," 19 Oct. 2019 The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument located in the ocean off New England because of the area’s importance to birds. Washington Post, "Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins," 15 June 2019 Before that, the Mukuntuweap National Monument was protected as a national monument by President Howard Taft in 1909, and it was expended and became the park. NBC News, "3 hurt in rockfall at Utah's Zion National Park," 27 Aug. 2019 It was declared a national monument (along with Christopher Park) in 2016. Christopher Muther,, "The parade is over, but the party continues. Celebrating 50 years of Pride in New York," 23 July 2019 The National Marine Sanctuary System, encompassing 13 sanctuaries and two marine national monuments, protects 430 shipwrecks and sunken aircraft. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "'Ghost fleet' of sunken warships declared a national marine sanctuary," 8 July 2019 The bar, now a national monument, has become a tourist destination for those looking to honor L.G.B.T history. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Stonewall Uprising: 50 Years Later, a Celebration Blends Pride and Resistance," 28 June 2019 President Donald Trump also has scaled back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, a move that opened the lands that were cut to potential drilling and mining. Keith Ridler, The Know, "A Colorado wildlife refuge will allow hunting and fishing for the first time," 11 Sep. 2019 Both the economic theory aspects taught to freshman and the socio-political dynamics contain lessons for other resource issues such as water quality in the Minnesota River or a national monument at Bears Ears in Utah. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Global economics play out in Brazil," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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