[kuh-mem-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv]


serving to commemorate: a commemorative monument; a commemorative dinner.
(of a coin, medal, or postage stamp) issued to commemorate a historical event, to honor the memory of a personage, etc.


anything that commemorates.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for commemorative

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper