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

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Last year, the Trump administration slashed land from two major national monuments in Utah, including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump's plan to overhaul government would give Interior and EPA more power," 22 June 2018 In April, Basin and Range was among 27 national monuments that President Trump instructed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to consider shrinking to accommodate fossil-fuel speculation and other private endeavors. New York Times, "At Basin and Range National Monument, Landscapes, Art and Aliens," 19 Apr. 2018 The remaining cell blocks are now open as a national monument, and worth a visit to understand a particularly brutal facet of the freedom struggle. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 Zinke also helped reduce the size of certain national monuments to accommodate more oil and gas drilling. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week," 16 Dec. 2018 On one of those trips last year, Trump and LePage appeared together at a news conference at which Trump signed an executive order to review orders of the prior administration that established national monuments within the National Park Service. Tami Abdollah, The Seattle Times, "2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury," 4 Dec. 2018 Zinke last year recommended designating the Badger-Two Medicine as a national monument, but that would not automatically bar drilling. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "Judge restores energy lease on Montana land sacred to tribes," 25 Sep. 2018 The shame is that many French, on the far right and left, will conclude that looting, torching cars and vandalizing national monuments can get political results. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Macron’s Salvage Operation," 11 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, since the national monument abuts the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, bighorn sheep and elk have returned to the area, and the populations of mule deer and pronghorn antelope have rebounded. USA TODAY, "Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan warn: Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes are disappearing," 25 May 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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national monument

noun

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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