[muh-mawr-ee-uhl, -mohr-]
something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday.
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.
preserving the memory of a person or thing; commemorative: memorial services.
of or pertaining to the memory.

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin memoriāle, noun use of neuter of Latin memoriālis for or containing memoranda. See memory, -al1

memorially, adverb Unabridged
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memorial (mɪˈmɔːrɪəl)
1.  serving to preserve the memory of the dead or a past event
2.  of or involving memory
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
[C14: from Late Latin memoriāle a reminder, neuter of memoriālis belonging to remembrance]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. (adj.) "preserving the memory of a person or thing," also "something by which the memory of a person, thing, or event is preserved, monument," from L.L. memoriale, noun use of neut. of L. memorialis (adj.) "of or belonging to memory," from memoria "memory" (see
memory). Noun sense of "memorial act, commemoration" is from mid-15c.
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Example sentences
Memorial exhibitions are not usually the happiest of occasions.
She gave it to the monastery as a memorial to her deceased husband.
The place is now a memorial park, but one that struck me as distinctly spooky.
Makes more sense that he died up on the mountain and his people went back in
  summer to create the memorial.
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