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memorial

Noun

1 a recognition of meritorious service [syn: commemoration, remembrance]
2 a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority
3 a structure erected to commemorate persons or events [syn: monument]

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English

Etymology

From memoriale, neuter of memorialis

Noun

  1. A structure, such as a monument, intended to celebrate the memory of a person or event
  2. A service of remembrance or commemoration

Translations

Adjective

  1. Serving as a remembrance of someone or something; commemorative

Translations

Crimean Tatar

Noun

memorial
  1. memorial.

Declension

Adjective

memorial
  1. memorial.

References

Extensive Definition

For other uses, see Memorial (disambiguation).
A memorial is an object which serves as a memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event.
Popular forms of memorials include landmark objects such as statues or fountains (and even entire parks).
The most common type of memorial is the gravestone.
Also common are war memorials commemorating those who have died in wars. Memorials in the form of a cross are called intending crosses.
Internet Memorials and Tributes are becoming increasingly popular. Online tributes and memorials create a way for family and friends from various countries to interact and share memories and photographs. This is becoming more and more popular as it provides a private space that can be easily reflected upon at any time. When somebody has died, the family may request that a memorial gift (usually money) be given to a designated charity or church (rather than flowers).
Sometimes, when a high school student has died, the memorials are placed in the form of a scholarship, to be awarded to high-achieving students in future years.
memorial in German: Denkmal
memorial in Spanish: Memorial
memorial in French: Mémorial
memorial in Finnish: Muistomerkki

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