memorial

[muh-mawr-ee-uh l, -mohr-]

noun

something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday.
a written statement of facts presented to a sovereign, a legislative body, etc., as the ground of, or expressed in the form of, a petition or remonstrance.

adjective

preserving the memory of a person or thing; commemorative: memorial services.
of or relating to the memory.

Nearby words

  1. memorability,
  2. memorable,
  3. memorandum,
  4. memorandum of understanding,
  5. memoria technica,
  6. memorial day,
  7. memorial park,
  8. memorialist,
  9. memorialize,
  10. memorially

Origin of memorial

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin memoriāle, noun use of neuter of Latin memoriālis for or containing memoranda. See memory, -al1

Related formsme·mo·ri·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for memorial

memorial

adjective

serving to preserve the memory of the dead or a past event
of or involving memory

noun

something serving as a remembrance
a written statement of facts submitted to a government, authority, etc, in conjunction with a petition
an informal diplomatic paper
Derived Formsmemorially, adverb

Word Origin for memorial

C14: from Late Latin memoriāle a reminder, neuter of memoriālis belonging to remembrance

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Word Origin and History for memorial
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