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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.


  1. Monument

    A monument is a type of structure that was explicitly created to commemorate a person or event, or which has become relevant to a social group as a part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage, due to its artistic, historical, political, technical or architectural importance. Some of the first monuments were dolmens or menhirs, megalithic constructions built for religious or funerary purposes. Examples of monuments include statues, (war) memorials, historical buildings, archaeological sites, and cultural assets. If there is a public interest in its preservation, a monument can for example be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  1. monument

    A monument is a type of structure, statue, or site that is created to commemorate a significant event, person, or aspect of history or culture. It typically holds historical, artistic or cultural significance and often serves as a symbol or landmark. Monuments can also be locations that have been preserved because of their importance to the social, political, or economic history of a community or nation.

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. Lawrence West:

    Robert E. Lee standing here on Monument Avenue in June 2020 is very symbolic to the Confederate mindset, you know the levels of oppression that people feel on a regular day-to-day basis, with the coming down of the monument it is also a part of coming down with those types of ideals. It brings some closure to the conversation,' It's OK to be racist'.

  2. Aaron Balcom:

    Common sense dictates that I can not literally vanish a half million square foot monument. But it is conceivable that I can, for a short period of time, cause that monument to appear invisible to our audience.

  3. Max Morgan:

    The monument is one which is climbed on a lot by kids. Max has actually [been] playing on it since he was around two years old, the monument is like two pillar tops placed on top of one another, the hole on the top one is smaller than the bottom.

  4. Ayn Rand:

    Live a life as a monument to your soul.

  5. T. S. Eliot:

    And the wind shall say Here were decent godless people. Their only monument the asphalt road. And a thousand lost golf balls.

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    warn strongly; put on guard
    • A. lucubrate
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