What does monument mean?

Definitions for monument
ˈmɒn yə məntmon·u·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. memorial, monumentnoun

    a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

  2. monumentnoun

    an important site that is marked and preserved as public property

  3. repository, monumentnoun

    a burial vault (usually for some famous person)


  1. monumentnoun

    A structure built for commemorative or symbolic reasons, or as a memorial; a commemoration.

    There is a monument on the town green to the soldiers who died in World War I.

  2. monumentnoun

    An important site owned by the community as a whole.

  3. monumentnoun

    An exceptional or proud achievement.

  4. monumentnoun

    An important burial vault or tomb.

  5. monumentnoun

    A legal document.

  6. monumentnoun

    A surveying reference point marked by a permanently fixed marker (a survey monument).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MONUMENTnoun

    Etymology: monument, Fr. monumentum, Latin.

    In his time there remained the monument of his tomb in the mountain Jasius. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

    He is become a notable monument of unprosperous disloyalty. Charles I .

    So many grateful altars I would rear
    Of grassy turf; and pile up every stone
    Of lustre from the brook; in memory,
    Or monument to ages: and thereon
    Offer sweet-smelling gums. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Of ancient British art
    A pleasing monument, not less admir’d
    Than what from Attick or Etruscan hands
    Arose. Philips.

    Collect the best monuments of our friends, their own images in their writings. Alexander Pope, to Swift.

    On your family’s old monument
    Hang mournful epitaphs, and do all rites
    That appertain unto a burial. William Shakespeare.

    The flowers which in the circling valley grow,
    Shall on his monument their odours throw. George Sandys, Paraph.

    In a heap of slain,
    Two youthful knights they found beneath a load opprest Of slaughter’d foes, whom first to death they sent,
    The trophies of their strength, a bloody monument. Dryd.

    With thee on Raphael’s monument I mourn,
    Or wait inspiring dreams at Maro’s urn. Alexander Pope, Miscel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monumentnoun

    something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial

  2. Monumentnoun

    a building, pillar, stone, or the like, erected to preserve the remembrance of a person, event, action, etc.; as, the Washington monument; the Bunker Hill monument. Also, a tomb, with memorial inscriptions

  3. Monumentnoun

    a stone or other permanent object, serving to indicate a limit or to mark a boundary

  4. Monumentnoun

    a saying, deed, or example, worthy of record


  1. Monument

    A monument is a type of structure either explicitly created to commemorate a person or important event or which has become important to a social group as a part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage, or simply as an example of historic architecture. In English the word "monumental" is often used in reference to something of extraordinary size and power, as in monumental sculpture, but also to mean simply anything made to commemorate the dead, as a funerary monument or other example of funerary art. The word comes from the Latin "monere," which means 'to remind' or 'to warn.' The term is often used to describe any structure that is a significant and legally protected historic work, and many countries have equivalents of what is called in United Kingdom legislation a Scheduled Monument, which often include relatively recent buildings constructed for residential or industrial purposes, with no thought at the time that they would come to be regarded as "monuments".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Monument

    mon′ū-ment, n. anything that preserves the memory of a person or an event, a building, pillar, tomb, &c.: a record or enduring example of anything: any distinctive mark.—v.t. to raise a monument in memory of.—adj. Monument′al, of or relating to a monument or tomb: memorial: impressive: amazing.—adv. Monument′ally. [Fr.,—L. monumentummonēre, to remind.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'monument' in Nouns Frequency: #2479

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monument in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monument in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of monument in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Vinterberg:

    She loved this. She was supposed to be in this. Carey Mulligan'll be able to see her clapping and cheering with us. We ended up making this movie for her, as her monument. So, Ida, this is a miracle that just happened and Carey Mulligan're a part of this miracle. Maybe Carey Mulligan've been pulling some strings somewhere, I don't know. But this one is for Carey Mulligan.

  2. Dimitrios Tsalkanis:

    This whole situation had troubled me a lot before proceeding into the creation of this video, but a monument's impact on society is always interesting to investigate, both at the time when it was built and also at the time it is being 'rediscovered.' So, I think that creating this 3D animation fits both aspects.

  3. James McPherson:

    Until that monument went up, there was no monument to Longstreet anywhere in the country. And there are still very few in the South compared to the dozens and dozens dedicated to Lee, Jackson and others.

  4. Hezekiah Jackson:

    If you cover something, then that’s open to interpretation, has [the monument] been actually altered because you just can’t see it?

  5. Lisa Bitel:

    I think the challenge will be whether or not people who give the money agree with those who are doing the rebuilding about how the cathedral should be rebuilt, this is a national monument in France and they will not spare money to rebuild.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. naiant
    • C. numinous
    • D. bristly

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