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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
me•mo•ri•al /məˈmɔriəl/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- something designed to preserve the memory of a person, etc., as a monument:a memorial to the war dead.
- serving to preserve the memory; commemorative:memorial services.
(mə môr′ē əl, -mōr′-), n.
- something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday.
- Governmenta written statement of facts presented to a sovereign, a legislative body, etc., as the ground of, or expressed in the form of, a petition or remonstrance.
- preserving the memory of a person or thing;
- of or pertaining to the memory.
- Late Latin memoriāle, noun, nominal use of neuter of Latin memoriālis for or containing memoranda. See memory, -al1
- Middle English 1350–1400
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memorial /mɪˈmɔːrɪəl/ adj
- serving to preserve the memory of the dead or a past event
- of or involving memory
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin memoriāle a reminder, neuter of memoriālis belonging to remembrancemeˈmorially adv
- something serving as a remembrance
- a written statement of facts submitted to a government, authority, etc, in conjunction with a petition
- an informal diplomatic paper