Definition of memorial noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈmɔːriəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈmɔːriəl//
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  1. 1[countable] a statue, stone, etc. that is built in order to remind people of an important past event or of a famous person who has died a war memorial (= in memory of soldiers who died in a war) memorial to somebody/something a memorial to victims of the Holocaust
  2. 2[singular] memorial to somebody/something a thing that will continue to remind people of somebody/something The painting will be a lasting memorial to a remarkable woman.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin memoriale ‘record, memory, monument’, from Latin memorialis ‘serving as a reminder’, from memoria ‘memory’.Extra examples The memorial stands on the village green. The memorial stands where the two roads meet. The president today unveiled a memorial to those who died in the disaster. The statue is a lasting memorial to those who died in the war. They are holding a memorial for it. This ruin became a memorial for the victims of the bombing. a makeshift memorial marked by posters and flowers a memorial for victims of the air crash a memorial of my husband a memorial service for sailors drowned at sea the many memorials dedicated to the Korean War the national memorial of the Algerian War
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