Definition of memorial in English:


Syllabification: me·mo·ri·al
Pronunciation: /məˈmôrēəl


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 War
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  • 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.
monument, cenotaph, mausoleum;
statue, plaque, cairn;
tribute, testimonial;
remembrance, memento
1.1 [as modifier] Intended to commemorate someone or something: a memorial service in the dead man’s honor
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  • 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.
commemorative, remembrance, commemorating
2chiefly historical A statement of facts, especially as the basis of a petition: the council sent a strongly worded memorial to the chancellor
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  • 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 Memorials
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  • 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.
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  • Yi Xin's memorial on China–West 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'.

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