- 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
Related Words for monumentedobserve, memorialize, remember, celebrate, salute, perpetuate, immortalize, keep, admire, solemnize, monumentalize, 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
- 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
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.