[ kuh-mem-uh-rey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of commemorating.

  2. a service, celebration, etc., in memory of some person or event.

  1. a memorial.

  2. (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, adjective
  • non·com·mem·o·ra·tion, noun
  • non·com·mem·o·ra·tion·al, adjective

Words Nearby commemoration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use commemoration in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for commemoration


/ (kəˌmɛməˈreɪʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of commemorating

  2. a ceremony or service in memory of a person or event

Derived forms of commemoration

  • commemorational, adjective

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