Also called Decoration Day. a day, May 30, set aside in most states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars: now officially observed on the last Monday in May.
any of several days, as April 26, May 10, or June 3, similarly observed in various Southern states.
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Origin of Memorial Day
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for memorial day
a holiday in the United States, May 30th in most states, commemorating the servicemen killed in all American wars
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