[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM commemoration

com·mem·o·ra·tion·al, adjectivenon·com·mem·o·ra·tion, nounnon·com·mem·o·ra·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for commemoration

/ (kəˌmɛməˈreɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of commemorating
a ceremony or service in memory of a person or event

Derived forms of commemoration

commemorational, adjective
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