follow Dictionary.com

Know these essential literary terms?

memorial

[muh-mawr-ee-uh l, -mohr-] /məˈmɔr i əl, -ˈmoʊr-/
noun
1.
something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday.
2.
a 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.
adjective
3.
preserving the memory of a person or thing; commemorative:
memorial services.
4.
of or pertaining to the memory.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin memoriāle, noun use of neuter of Latin memoriālis for or containing memoranda. See memory, -al1
Related forms
memorially, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for memo-rial

memorial

/mɪˈmɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
serving to preserve the memory of the dead or a past event
2.
of or involving memory
noun
3.
something serving as a remembrance
4.
a written statement of facts submitted to a government, authority, etc, in conjunction with a petition
5.
an informal diplomatic paper
Derived Forms
memorially, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin memoriāle a reminder, neuter of memoriālis belonging to remembrance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for memo-rial

memorial

adj.

late 14c., "memorable, excellent; remembered, committed to memory," from Old French memorial "mindful of, remembering," from Latin memorialis (adj.) "of or belonging to memory," from memoria "memory" (see memory).

n.

late 14c., "fame, renown, reputation," also "commemorative gesture, monument, or rite;" in general, "something by which the memory of a person, thing, or event is preserved," from Old French memorial "record, report," and directly from Late Latin memoriale "a memorial," noun use of neuter of Latin memorialis (adj.) "of or belonging to memory," from memoria "memory" (see memory). Meaning "memorial act, commemoration" is from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for memo

8
10
Scrabble Words With Friends