What does memorial mean?

Definitions for memorial
məˈmɔr i əl, -ˈmoʊr-memo·ri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. memorial, commemoration, remembrancenoun

    a recognition of meritorious service

  2. memorialnoun

    a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority

  3. memorial, monumentnoun

    a structure erected to commemorate persons or events


  1. memorialnoun

    A structure, such as a monument, intended to celebrate the memory of a person or event

  2. memorialnoun

    A service of remembrance or commemoration

  3. memorialnoun

    a statement of facts set out in the form of a petition to a person in authority, a court or tribunal, a government, etc.

  4. memorialadjective

    Serving as a remembrance of someone or something; commemorative

  5. Etymology: From memoriale, neuter of memorialis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Memorialadjective

    Etymology: memorial, Fr. memorialis, Latin.

    Thy master now lies thinking in his bed
    Of thee and me, and sighs, and takes my glove,
    And gives memorial dainty kisses to it. William Shakespeare.

    May I, at the conclusion of a work, which is a kind of monument of Alexander Pope’s partiality to me, place the following lines as an inscription memorial of it. William Broome.

    The tomb with manly arms and trophies raise;
    There high in air memorial of my name
    Fix the smooth oar, and bid me live to fame. Alexander Pope.

    The case is the same with the memorial possessions of the greatest part of mankind: a few useful things mixed with many trifles fill up their memories. Isaac Watts.

  2. Memorialnoun

    All churches have had their names; some as memorials of peace, some of wisdom, some in memory of the trinity itself, some of Christ under sundry titles; of the blessed Virgin not a few; many of one apostle, saint, or martyr; many of all. Richard Hooker.

    A memorial unto Israel, that no stranger offer incense before the Lord. Num. xvi. 43.

    All the laws of this kingdom have some monuments or memorials thereof in writing, yet all of them have not their original in writing; for some of those laws have obtained their force by immemorial usage. Matthew Hale.

    In other parts like deeds deserv’d
    Memorial, where the might of Gabriel fought. John Milton.

    Reflect upon a clear, unblotted, acquitting conscience, and feed upon the ineffable comforts of the memorial of a conquered temptation. Robert South, Sermons.

    Medals are so many monuments consigned over to eternity, that may last when all other memorials of the same age are worn out or lost. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

    He was a prince sad, serious, and full of thoughts and secret observations, and full of notes and memorials of his own hand touching persons. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Memorials written with king Edward’s hand shall be the ground of this history. John Hayward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Memorialadjective

    serving to preserve remembrance; commemorative; as, a memorial building

  2. Memorialadjective

    mnemonic; assisting the memory

  3. Memorialnoun

    anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or event; something which serves to keep something else in remembrance; a monument

  4. Memorialnoun

    a memorandum; a record

  5. Memorialnoun

    a written representation of facts, addressed to the government, or to some branch of it, or to a society, etc., -- often accompanied with a petition

  6. Memorialnoun

    memory; remembrance

  7. Memorialnoun

    a species of informal state paper, much used in negotiation

  8. Etymology: [F. mmorial, L. memorialis, fr. memoria. See Memory.]


  1. Memorial

    A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for memory of something, usually a person or an event. Popular forms of memorials include landmark objects or art objects such as sculptures, statues or fountains, and even entire parks.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. memorial

    An official petition on account of services performed.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. memorial

    An address to the government on any matter of public service.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'memorial' in Nouns Frequency: #2115

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of memorial in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of memorial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of memorial in a Sentence

  1. Ken Leslie:

    Thanks to so many Americans who care, it thrills us to know that over 2,100 formerly homeless veterans in 18 states will be able to honor their fallen comrades this Memorial Day in a place called home.

  2. Joni Ernst:

    It means the world to me to know that this memorial is going to be right here on our National Mall, and it will honor all of those tremendous men and women who served in our armed forces in the Global War on Terror, but it also honors their families and those that lost loved ones, it will be a place of remembrance. A place where families and communities can come gather together and just remember the significant service and sacrifice over the past 20 years of the [GWOT].

  3. Foo Fighters:

    It's been really hard, actually, to get through the show, because in many ways, I feel torn. Like, why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones? she continued. However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won't let them. We will never let them, because there is power in unity, and I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world, not just in Paris, as much as that that does occur, there is more goodness in this world. We are here to prove it. Audience members clapped and cheered in support of Madonna’s statements, clearly moved by her words. U2 Visits Memorial Site Near Paris Concert Hall, Bono Speaks Out: 'These Are Our People' Madonna, who visibly teared up during her speech, went on to say that she felt conflicted about performing on Saturday and considered canceling her show. I was gonna cancel my show tonight but then I thought to myself, 'Why should I give that to them? Why should I allow them to stop me and to stop us from enjoying freedom? all of the places where people were killed were places where people were having fun, people were enjoying themselves, eating in restaurants, dancing, singing, watching a soccer match.

  4. Paul Dergarabedian:

    Look at' Avengers : Endgame,' that opened in April,' Black Panther' was last February and' Star Wars' is now usually in December, a slow Memorial weekend is no longer a harbinger of a terrible summer. It's just another long weekend on the calendar.

  5. King Westbrook:

    It was beyond words. It made me proud that he found a way to cope with losing his hero in a way that allowed him to understand closure. But he is still having a hard time, i never knew it would touch as many people as it did. If Kian's beautiful memorial can bring a smile to people hurting from this terrible loss, that makes me proud as a father.

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