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



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒnjumənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːnjumənt//
    Historic buildings
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  1. 1 monument (to somebody/something) a building, column, statue, etc. built to remind people of a famous person or event A monument to him was erected in St Paul's Cathedral. See related entries: Historic buildings
  2. 2 a building that has special historical importance an ancient monument See related entries: Historic buildings
  3. 3monument to something a thing that remains as a good example of somebody’s qualities or of what they did These recordings are a monument to his talent as a pianist.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a burial place): via French from Latin monumentum, from monere ‘remind’.Extra examples Monuments to the former leader were all pulled down. Some of the town’s Roman monuments still survive. The monument will stand just inside the cathedral. The museum was built as a lasting monument to the civil war. The new boat is a fitting monument to the crew members who lost their lives. The tower stands as a monument to the invasion of the island. monuments of the army’s past campaigns the best preserved Roman monument in Britain
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