[ muh-mawr-ee-uh l, -mohr- ]
/ məˈmɔr i əl, -ˈmoʊr- /


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.


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

Origin of memorial

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


me·mo·ri·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for memorial

/ (mɪˈmɔːrɪəl) /


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


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 forms of memorial

memorially, adverb

Word Origin for memorial

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