Definitions for: Memorial


[n] a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
[n] a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority
[n] a recognition of meritorious service



Webster (1913) Definition: Me*mo"ri*al, a. [F. m['e]morial, L. memorialis, fr.
memoria. See Memory.]
1. Serving to preserve remembrance; commemorative; as, a
memorial building.

There high in air, memorial of my name, Fix the
smooth oar, and bid me live to fame. --Pope.

2. Contained in memory; as, a memorial possession.

3. Mnemonic; assisting the memory.

This succession of Aspirate, Soft, and Hard, may be
expressed by the memorial word ASH. --Skeat.

Memorial Day. Same as Decoration Day. [U.S.]


Me*mo"ri*al, n. [Cf. F. m['e]morial.]
1. Anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or
event; something which serves to keep something else in
remembrance; a monument. --Macaulay.

Churches have names; some as memorials of peace,
some of wisdom, some in memory of the Trinity
itself. --Hooker.

2. A memorandum; a record. [Obs. or R.] --Hayward.

3. 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.

4. Memory; remembrance. [Obs.]

Precious is the memorial of the just. --Evelyn.

5. (Diplomacy) A species of informal state paper, much used
in negotiation.

Synonyms: commemoration, monument, remembrance

See Also: brass, cenotaph, construction, content, credit, epitaph, gravestone, headstone, Lincoln Memorial, megalith, megalithic structure, memorial tablet, message, national monument, pantheon, plaque, pyramid, recognition, Statue of Liberty, structure, subject matter, substance, tombstone, triumphal arch, Washington Monument

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