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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
me•mo•ri•al /məˈmɔriəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. something designed to preserve the memory of a person, etc., as a monument:a memorial to the war dead.

  1. serving to preserve the memory; commemorative:memorial services.
See -mem-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
me•mo•ri•al  (mə môrē əl, -mōr-), 
  1. something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday.
  2. 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.

  1. preserving the memory of a person or thing;
    commemorative:memorial services.
  2. 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
me•mori•al•ly, adv. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

memorial /mɪˈmɔːrɪəl/ adj
  1. serving to preserve the memory of the dead or a past event
  2. of or involving memory
  1. something serving as a remembrance
  2. a written statement of facts submitted to a government, authority, etc, in conjunction with a petition
  3. an informal diplomatic paper
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin memoriāle a reminder, neuter of memoriālis belonging to remembrance

meˈmorially adv

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