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.


  1. Memorial

    A memorial is an object or place which serves as a focus for the memory or the commemoration of something, usually an influential, deceased person or a historical, tragic event. Popular forms of memorials include landmark objects or works of art such as sculptures, statues or fountains and parks. Larger memorials may be known as monuments.


  1. memorial

    A memorial is a structure, monument, event, or object created or done in honor or remembrance of a person or significant event. It serves as a tool for people to remember or pay tribute to past events or individuals who have had a significant impact. Memorials can range from simple plaque to complex structures like statues, buildings, and parks.

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. Harold Macmillan:

    Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.

  2. Mayor Hatch:

    We didn’t take any action because it (the memorial) did not have any religious ties to us at all, i only see it as a memorial to the veterans and it shocked me that someone could see it otherwise.

  3. Barack Obama:

    For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful. It is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end, today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.

  4. Mike Kelly:

    When I started experiencing mild flu-like symptoms earlier this week, I consulted my primary care physician. My doctor ordered a test for COVID-19, which I obtained at the drive-through testing site at Butler Memorial Hospital. My test came back positive this afternoon. Thank you to my doctor Bill DiCuccio and the staff at Butler Memorial for their excellent care. My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover. Additionally, my staff is tele-working and still available to constituents who need assistance.

  5. Bezalel Smotrich:

    I am standing here before you, the Rabin family, the Rabin Center members, holding out my hand and asking, 27 years later: Please let us be partners in this day. Let’s search for the common message that will make us remember together, the whole nation, left and right, religious and secular. Don’t let them turn the murder memorial into a day of cynical exploitation and political mudslinging.

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