Monument meaning

mŏnyə-mənt
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A structure, such as a building or sculpture, erected as a memorial.
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Something set up to keep alive the memory of a person or event, as a tablet, statue, pillar, building, etc.; specif., such a marker, statue, or structure placed over a grave or in a cemetery.
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An object, such as a post or stone, fixed in the ground so as to mark a boundary or position.
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A writing or the like serving as a memorial.
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A structure surviving from a former period.
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An inscribed marker placed at a grave; a tombstone.
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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.

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A stone shaft or other object set in the earth to mark a boundary.
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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.

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A structure built for commemorative or symbolic reasons, or as a memorial; a commemoration.

There is a monument on the town green to the soldiers who died in World War I.

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An important site owned by the community as a whole.
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An exceptional or proud achievement.
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An important burial vault or tomb.
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A legal document.
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A surveying reference point marked by a permanently fixed marker (a survey monument).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
monument
Plural:
monuments

Origin of monument

  • Middle English from Latin monumentum memorial from monēre to remind men-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin monumentum (“memorial”), from monēre (“to remind”)

    From Wiktionary