national monument

noun

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 Eight years ago, hikers discovered oil embedded in one of the Alvey tributaries, spurring the investigation by national monument staff. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 Park rangers for the Stonewall Inn, which was designated as a national monument by President Barack Obama in 2016, will also work out of the center. Zachary Schermele, NBC News, 21 June 2022 The Stonewall National Monument was designated as the first U.S. national monument dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights and history by President Barack Obama in 2016. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 24 June 2022 Former President Barack Obama designated a 7.7-acre area — including the tavern and a small park across the street — the first national monument to gay rights in 2016. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2022 Federal government signs historic agreement with tribes to help manage the national monument. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 June 2022 Ranchers looking to develop at least 40 new wells for cattle in the national monument. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2022 One example is the Grand Canyon, which was designated a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The Stonewall Inn was declared a historic landmark by the city of New York in 2015 and later named a national monument by President Barack Obama in 2016. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of national monument

1879, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jul 2022

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“National monument.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/national%20monument. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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