[noun mon-yuh-muh nt; verb mon-yuh-ment]
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  1. something erected in memory of a person, event, etc., as a building, pillar, or statue: the Washington Monument.
  2. any building, megalith, etc., surviving from a past age, and regarded as of historical or archaeological importance.
  3. any enduring evidence or notable example of something: a monument to human ingenuity.
  4. an exemplar, model, or personification of some abstract quality, especially when considered to be beyond question: a monument of middle-class respectability.
  5. an area or a site of interest to the public for its historical significance, great natural beauty, etc., preserved and maintained by a government.
  6. a written tribute to a person, especially a posthumous one.
  7. Surveying. an object, as a stone shaft, set in the ground to mark the boundaries of real estate or to mark a survey station.
  8. a person considered as a heroic figure or of heroic proportions: He became a monument in his lifetime.
    1. Obsolete.a tomb; sepulcher.
    2. a statue.
verb (used with object)
  1. to build a monument or monuments to; commemorate: to monument the nation's war dead.
  2. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for monumented


  1. an obelisk, statue, building, etc, erected in commemoration of a person or event or in celebration of something
  2. a notable building or site, esp one preserved as public property
  3. a tomb or tombstone
  4. a literary or artistic work regarded as commemorative of its creator or a particular period
  5. US a boundary marker
  6. an exceptional examplehis lecture was a monument of tedium
  7. an obsolete word for statue

Word Origin for monument

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


  1. 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 monumented



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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