[ noun mon-yuh-muh nt; verb mon-yuh-ment ]
/ noun ˈmɒn yə mənt; verb ˈmɒn yəˌmɛnt /
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.
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.
Words nearby monument
Origin of monument
OTHER WORDS FROM monumentmon·u·ment·less, adjectiveun·mon·u·ment·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for monumented (1 of 2)
/ (ˈmɒnjʊmənt) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for monumented (2 of 2)
/ (ˈmɒnjʊmənt) /
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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