commemoration

noun
com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tion | \ kə-ˌme-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce commemoration (audio) \

Definition of commemoration

1 : the act of commemorating
2 : something that commemorates

Examples of commemoration in a Sentence

Several well-known celebrities attended the commemoration.
Recent Examples on the Web An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in commemoration of the jazz singer's 95th birthday on CBS. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, 23 Nov. 2021 In commemoration, Jews celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabrum known as a menorah. Rabbi Moishe Kievman, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Nov. 2021 This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Soul Train — and the 33rd year of the Soul Train Awards — and in commemoration of this milestone, the annual awards ceremony will be held for the first time at the World-Famous Apollo Theater in New York City. Okla Jones, Essence, 18 Oct. 2021 The play is being presented in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 1066, which Pres. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 This year’s Veterans Day commemoration comes just two months after Biden ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Colleen Long And Alexandra Jaffe, chicagotribune.com, 11 Nov. 2021 This year’s Veterans Day commemoration comes just two months after Biden ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Colleen Long And Alexandra Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Nov. 2021 This fall, a commemoration in downtown Los Angeles marked the 150th anniversary of when a mob lynched 18 Chinese men and boys — one of the biggest such killings in American history. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 This year’s Veterans Day commemoration comes just two months after Biden ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of commemoration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of commemoration was in the 14th century

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“Commemoration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commemoration. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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commemoration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commemoration

: something (such as a special ceremony) that is intended to honor an important event or person from the past

commemoration

noun
com·​mem·​o·​ra·​tion | \ kə-ˌme-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce commemoration (audio) \

Kids Definition of commemoration

1 : the act of commemorating
2 : something (as a ceremony) that commemorates

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