[noun mon-yuh-muh nt; verb mon-yuh-ment]


verb (used with object)

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

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin monumentum, equivalent to mon- (stem of monēre to remind, warn) + -u- (variant of -i- -i- before labials) + -mentum -ment
Related formsmon·u·ment·less, adjectiveun·mon·u·ment·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monument



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

Word Origin for monument

C13: from Latin monumentum, from monēre to remind, advise



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
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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.

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