- 1Something, especially a structure, established to remind people of a person or event: a monument built as a memorial to those who fell in the Civil WarMore example sentences
- At the junction of the two stands London's only cross-eyed statue, a memorial to 18th century libertarian John Wilkes.
- I'd expected to see looted shops, broken glass, and a lot of mess, but it really was shocking to see the Cenotaph, a memorial to Britain's war-dead, daubed with graffiti.
- The anchor was raised some years ago near Boatstrand and has now been mounted on the pier with an appropriate plaque as a memorial to its ill-fated captain and crew.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Intended to commemorate someone or something: a memorial service in the dead man’s honorMore example sentences
- In January of 2004, Richard Goode spoke at a memorial service commemorating the life and death of a coal miner named Joseph Mairs, Jr.
- They have arranged to hold a special memorial service in June commemorating all the people ‘laid to rest’ at their beloved Maine Road.
- His memorial service, which commemorated all the victims of the crash, was like no other.
- 2chiefly • historical A statement of facts, especially as the basis of a petition: the council sent a strongly worded memorial to the chancellorMore example sentences
- Read in its entirety the memorial is no petition for clemency or mercy but makes out a clear and emphatic case on the basis of legal rights and constitutional practices and principles.
- 2.1A record or chronicle: Mrs. Carlyle’s Letters and MemorialsMore example sentences
- Often there is an array of family memorials recording the passing generations.
- They have given hours of their time to tracing memorials and recording their existence.
- The ongoing debates over memorials, memoirs, and the diminishing possibilities of authentic memory are given erudite, expressive, and eloquent treatment.
- 2.2An informal diplomatic paper.More example sentences
- Yi Xin's memorial on ChinaWest relations was representative of the prevailing opinion within the Qing Dynasty's highest ruling clique.
- They said, in memorials to the emperor: "Since our exchange of treaties with the barbarians, they have returned to Tianjin and to the south in groups".
late Middle English: from late Latin memoriale 'record, memory, monument', from Latin memorialis 'serving as a reminder', from memoria 'memory'.