- The definition of a monument is a structure, building, statue, gravestone or other item designed or constructed to honor someone.
A statue of Abraham Lincoln designed to honor his memory is an example of a monument.
monument definition by Webster's New World
- something set up to keep alive the memory of a person or event, as a tablet, statue, pillar, building, etc.
- a structure surviving from a former period
- a writing or the like serving as a memorial
- a work, production, etc. of enduring value or significance: monuments of learning
- lasting or outstanding evidence or example
- ☆ a stone shaft or other object set in the earth to mark a boundary
- a tomb; sepulcher
- a statue; effigy
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin monumentum ; from monere, to remind, warn: see monitor
monument definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A structure, such as a building or sculpture, erected as a memorial.
- An inscribed marker placed at a grave; a tombstone.
- Something venerated for its enduring historic significance or association with a notable past person or thing: the architectural monuments of ancient Rome; traditions that are monuments to an earlier era.
- a. An outstanding enduring achievement: a translation that is a monument of scholarship.b. An exceptional example: “Thousands of them wrote texts, some of them monuments of dullness” (Robert L. Heilbroner).
- An object, such as a post or stone, fixed in the ground so as to mark a boundary or position.
- A written document, especially a legal one.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin monumentum, memorial, from monēre, to remind; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.