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.
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.
- mon·u·ment·less, adjective
- un·mon·u·ment·ed, adjective
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How to use monument in a sentence
Scientists have been trying to figure out how ancient people developed their tools and built their cities and monuments.
Like so many of our museums and monuments, it’s always some place you’ve been meaning to go.
Hearing sounds of some kind circulating inside the ancient monument “must have been one of the fundamental experiences of Stonehenge.”Stonehenge enhanced sounds like voices or music for people inside the monument | Bruce Bower | August 31, 2020 | Science News
Ginzel said that traditional monuments, such as the Columbus statues, can be problematic because they represent power from a specific point of view.A Closer Look at the Public Art at Chicago Police Stations | by Logan Jaffe | August 21, 2020 | ProPublica
People living back then often created monuments to frame views of natural features, she says.
The man whom Time dubbed a “Black Leonardo,” became the first African-American to have a national monument dedicated to him.
But, in my mind—and many of the townspeople—the monument was far from the main attraction.
On one occasion, a drone operator flew a drone over a crowd at Mount Rushmore, then out over the monument itself.
At its center was a monument, perhaps just over six feet high.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple | Michael Luongo | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The entire city can seem like a singular monument to his decades in office.
After his death crowds flocked to his grave to touch his holy monument, till the authorities caused the church yard to be shut.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
In a statuesque attitude, she sat, like Marius on the ruins of Carthage, or Patience on a monument smiling at grief.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
His grand work, the Animal Kingdom, forms an imperishable monument of his genius.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
It is undoubtedly Cavaill-Coll's finest work, and a lasting monument to his genius.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
The column was suggested in 1862 as a suitable monument to the memory of the late Prince Albert.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for monument (1 of 2)
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 example: his lecture was a monument of tedium
an obsolete word for statue
British Dictionary definitions for Monument (2 of 2)
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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