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 The site now includes a national monument and a visitor center with exhibits that draw tourists annually. al, "Search in Africatown: Researchers to look for graves of former slaves and descendants from the Clotilda," 28 Dec. 2020 Earlier this year, two Nevada men were indicted after being accused of spray-painting an ancient rock in a national monument. Susan Montoya Bryan, USA TODAY, "National Park Service investigating video of ranger tasing park visitor at New Mexico monument," 31 Dec. 2020 The Trump administration authorized the first oil well at Carrizo Plain, a breathtaking remnant of once-sprawling grasslands, since the areas was made a national monument. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: These wild lands in California and the West may soon get federal protection," 10 Dec. 2020 Getting the study included in the COVID-19 aid package marked a victory for members of the Illinois congressional delegation, including Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, who has helped lead an effort to make the site a national monument. Rob Hotakainen, Scientific American, "Race Riot Site from 1908 Could Become A National Park," 29 Dec. 2020 Especially when viewed in Wiseman’s terms — as a single, ongoing project — the scope and ambition become panoramic, a national monument. New York Times, "What if the Great American Novelist Doesn’t Write Novels?," 15 Dec. 2020 After a 3½-hour drive west, Begay and I arrived in Chinle, a town that lies a few miles from the perimeter of Canyon de Chelly, a great cascading national monument of red sandstone. Oscar Schwartz, Washington Post, "A growing number of scientists believe that the cure for disease can be found in our DNA. But that poses a unique problem for some Native Americans.," 23 Nov. 2020 That fresco gave the villa — a national monument — its name. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Have Prosecco With a Princess in Rome — Here’s What It’s Like," 24 Oct. 2020 Some of the parcels up for auction are just outside the national monument. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: These wild lands in California and the West may soon get federal protection," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of national monument

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“National monument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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