- something erected in memory of a person, event, etc., as a building, pillar, or statue: the Washington Monument.
- any building, megalith, etc., surviving from a past age, and regarded as of historical or archaeological importance.
- any enduring evidence or notable example of something: a monument to human ingenuity.
- an exemplar, model, or personification of some abstract quality, especially when considered to be beyond question: a monument of middle-class respectability.
- an area or a site of interest to the public for its historical significance, great natural beauty, etc., preserved and maintained by a government.
- a written tribute to a person, especially a posthumous one.
- Surveying. an object, as a stone shaft, set in the ground to mark the boundaries of real estate or to mark a survey station.
- a person considered as a heroic figure or of heroic proportions: He became a monument in his lifetime.
- Obsolete.a tomb; sepulcher.
- a statue.
- to build a monument or monuments to; commemorate: to monument the nation's war dead.
- to build a monument on: to monument a famous site.
Origin of monument
Examples from the Web for monument
But, in my mind—and many of the townspeople—the monument was far from the main attraction.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
On one occasion, a drone operator flew a drone over a crowd at Mount Rushmore, then out over the monument itself.Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone
August 25, 2014
At its center was a monument, perhaps just over six feet high.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
Or an EP... Torbjørn: [Laughs] I have to say that the track “Monument” is doing quite a lot in that respect.
And “Monument” is a perfect example of that, because we were just playing around with our time-stretch program.
And what monument would you have reared to mark the spot where Anaxagoras sleeps?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Congress resolved that a monument should be erected to him at Annapolis.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
It is contemplated to erect a monument, by subscription, to Mr. Fessenden's memory.Biographical Sketches
To the major it was thenceforth chamber and chapel and monument.Weighed and Wanting
No use being angry because the monument was crawling with Tommies!It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- an obelisk, statue, building, etc, erected in commemoration of a person or event or in celebration of something
- a notable building or site, esp one preserved as public property
- a tomb or tombstone
- a literary or artistic work regarded as commemorative of its creator or a particular period
- US a boundary marker
- an exceptional examplehis lecture was a monument of tedium
- an obsolete word for statue
- the Monument a tall columnar building designed (1671) by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Fire of London (1666), which destroyed a large part of the medieval city
Word Origin and History for monument
late 13c., "a sepulchre," from Old French monument "grave, tomb, monument," and directly from Latin monumentum "a monument, memorial structure, statue; votive offering; tomb; memorial record," literally "something that reminds," from monere "to remind, warn" (see monitor (n.)). Sense of "structure or edifice to commemorate a notable person, action, or event" first attested c.1600.