Definitions for: Monument


[n] a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
[n] a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
[n] an important site that is marked and preserved as public property



Webster (1913) Definition: Mon"u*ment, n. [F., fr. L. monumentum, fr. monere to
remind, admonish. See Monition, and cf. Moniment.]
1. Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance
what is past; a memorial.

Of ancient British art A pleasing monument.
--Philips.

Our bruised arms hung up for monuments. --Shak.

2. 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.

On your family's old monument Hang mournful
epitaphs, and do all rites That appertain unto a
burial. --Shak.

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

4. A saying, deed, or example, worthy of record.

Acts and Monuments of these latter and perilous
days. --Foxe.

Syn: Memorial; remembrance; tomb; cenotaph.

Synonyms: memorial, repository

See Also: brass, burial chamber, cenotaph, construction, gravestone, headstone, land site, Lincoln Memorial, market cross, megalith, megalithic structure, memorial tablet, national monument, pantheon, plaque, pyramid, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture, site, Statue of Liberty, structure, tombstone, triumphal arch, Washington Monument

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