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[kuh-mem-uh-rey-shuh n] /kəˌmɛm əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of commemorating.
a service, celebration, etc., in memory of some person or event.
a memorial.
(in many Christian churches) a special service or prayer for commemorating the lesser feast on days on which two feasts of unequal rank are celebrated.
Origin of commemoration
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin commemorātiōn- (stem of commemorātiō), equivalent to commemorāt(us) (see commemorate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
commemorational, adjective
noncommemoration, noun
noncommemorational, adjective Unabridged
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  • The worship of this new religion is the commemoration and veneration of the dead.

  • The tree on which it is there perched is a commemoration of another of the saint's miracles.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • Finally, a medal was struck in commemoration of the event, and presented to the workmen.

    The Story of the Cambrian C. P. Gasquoine
  • He immediately had a medal struck in commemoration of the happy event.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • So they obtained what they went for—commemoration in history.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for commemoration


the act or an instance of commemorating
a ceremony or service in memory of a person or event
Derived Forms
commemorational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for commemoration

late 14c., "a calling to mind," also "service or church festival commemorating something," from Old French comemoration, from Latin commemorationem (nominative commemoratio) "reminding, mention," noun of action from past participle stem of commemorare "to call to mind," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + memorare "to remind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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