from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to celebrate or honor the memory of a person or an event.
- n. A written statement of facts or a petition presented to a legislative body or an executive.
- adj. Serving as a remembrance of a person or an event; commemorative.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being in memory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A structure, such as a monument, intended to celebrate the memory of a person or event
- n. A service of remembrance or commemoration
- n. a statement of facts set out in the form of a petition to a person in authority, a court or tribunal, a government, etc.
- adj. Serving as a remembrance of someone or something; commemorative
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to preserve remembrance; commemorative.
- adj. Contained in memory.
- adj. Mnemonic; assisting the memory.
- n. Anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or event; something which serves to keep something else in remembrance; a monument.
- n. A memorandum; a record.
- n. A written representation of facts, addressed to the government, or to some branch of it, or to a society, etc., -- often accompanied with a petition.
- n. Memory; remembrance.
- n. A species of informal state paper, much used in negotiation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preservative of memory; serving for commemoration: as, a memorial tablet; a memorial window in a church.
- Contained in one's memory; within the memory of man: opposed to immemorial.
- n. That which preserves the memory of something; anything designed or adapted to serve as a reminder of a person, an event, or a fact or facts of any kind belonging to past time, as a record, a monument, an inscription, a custom, a periodical observance, etc.: as, the “Memorial of St. Helena,” a book by Las Cases; the Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford.
- n. In law: A short note or abstract, intended for registry, exhibiting the particulars of a deed, etc.
- n. In Scots law, a statement of facts bearing upon a particular point, doubtful or disputed, in order to obtain counsel's opinion upon that point; a statement of facts or points in dispute for the use or advice of counsel; a brief.
- n. A written representation of facts made to a legislative or other body as the ground of a petition, or a representation of facts accompanied with a petition.
- n. In diplomacy, one of a class of informal state papers much used in negotiations, embracing such documents as circulars sent to foreign agents, answers to the communications of ambassadors, and notes to foreign cabinets and ambassadors.
- n. Memory; remembrance; that which is remembered (about a person or thing).
- n. Eccles. See commemoration, 2 . Synonyms 1. Memorial, Monument, Memento, Souvenir, and Memorandum agree in meaning that which puts one in mind or helps one to remember; all but memorandum are especially means of keeping a revered or endeared person, place, etc., in memory. A memorandum is simply a note made in order to prevent the forgetting of something important, especially something which might easily slip from the mind Memento and souvenir differ very slightly, souvenir being a somewhat more elevated word: we give a book or a lock of hair as a memento; we prize a faded flower as a souvenir of a visit to Mount Vernon with friends now separated from us. Memorial and monument are sometimes the same: as, the Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford is essentially a monument. A monument is often a single shaft or column, as the Washington monument; a memorial may be a commemorative structure, an illuminated window, a book, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a recognition of meritorious service
- n. a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
- n. a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin memoriāle, from neuter of Latin memoriālis, belonging to memory, from memoria, memory; see memory.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin memoriale, neuter of memorialis. (Wiktionary)