[kuh-mem-uh-rey-shuh n]


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 formscom·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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of commemoration

Historical Examples of commemoration

  • 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.

  • 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 Formscommemorational, 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).

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