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commemorative

[kuh-mem-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv]
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adjective
  1. serving to commemorate: a commemorative monument; a commemorative dinner.
  2. (of a coin, medal, or postage stamp) issued to commemorate a historical event, to honor the memory of a personage, etc.
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noun
  1. anything that commemorates.
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Origin of commemorative

First recorded in 1605–15; commemorat(ion) + -ive
Related formscom·mem·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbcom·mem·o·ra·tive·ness, nounnon·com·mem·o·ra·tive, adjectivenon·com·mem·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbun·com·mem·o·ra·tive, adjectiveun·com·mem·o·ra·tive·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for commemorative

adj.

1610s, from commemorate + -ive. As a noun meaning "means of commemoration" it is recorded from 1630s; as short for commemorative postage stamp from 1916.

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