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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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 In 2016, Howard and his collaborator, Joe Weishaar, were named the winners of a competition, created by an act of Congress, to design a national monument to the First World War. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "There’s No First World War Memorial on the National Mall?," 21 May 2018 In 2016, former President Barack Obama declared it a national monument. Jajuan M. Morris-guity, Fox News, "Stonewall Inn window and neon sign vandalized, officials say not a hate crime," 10 July 2018 Formerly used by the Army and Coast Guard, a portion of it is now home to a national monument overseen by the National Park Service, while the majority was transferred over to the city and state for the benefit and use of the public. Deepti Hajela,, "Luxury tents, gourmet meals redefine camping on NYC island," 9 July 2018 That means large swaths of land rich with cultural resources are no longer protected as a national monument. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds," 5 July 2018 Botswana considered the tree a national monument and promoted it as a sightseeing attraction. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying," 12 June 2018 In December, the president sharply reduced the size of two conservation areas in Utah, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, "Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Whose Case Inspired Wildlife Refuge Takeover," 10 July 2018

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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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