Why was clemency trending last week?


[n. mon-yuh-muh nt; v. mon-yuh-ment] /n. ˈmɒn yə mənt; v. ˈmɒn yəˌmɛnt/
something erected in memory of a person, event, etc., as a building, pillar, or statue:
the Washington Monument.
any building, megalith, etc., surviving from a past age, and regarded as of historical or archaeological importance.
any enduring evidence or notable example of something:
a monument to human ingenuity.
an exemplar, model, or personification of some abstract quality, especially when considered to be beyond question:
a monument of middle-class respectability.
an area or a site of interest to the public for its historical significance, great natural beauty, etc., preserved and maintained by a government.
a written tribute to a person, especially a posthumous one.
Surveying. an object, as a stone shaft, set in the ground to mark the boundaries of real estate or to mark a survey station.
a person considered as a heroic figure or of heroic proportions:
He became a monument in his lifetime.
  1. Obsolete. a tomb; sepulcher.
  2. a statue.
verb (used with object)
to build a monument or monuments to; commemorate:
to monument the nation's war dead.
to build a monument on:
to monument a famous site.
Origin of monument
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin monumentum, equivalent to mon- (stem of monēre to remind, warn) + -u- (variant of -i- -i- before labials) + -mentum -ment
Related forms
monumentless, adjective
unmonumented, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for monument
  • Asked why politicians build those monstrosities, he could only speculate that they wanted a monument to their regime.
  • What an amazing monument this monumental task has become.
  • These amazing places have also been suggested for national monument status.
  • The ruins are a protected monument and a popular tourist spot.
  • Each monument is handcrafted and has niches for sea life.
  • These unique landscapes have been suggested for national monument status.
  • Read on for an exhaustive list of the ingredients used to make this monument to obesity.
  • Moving the monument would help to mitigate congestion during rush hours.
  • They will erect a precautionary monument to you with a plaque that reads: my great-grandpa did this to us.
  • Until recently, the gray water was dumped overboard, becoming an orbiting monument to mankind.
British Dictionary definitions for monument


an obelisk, statue, building, etc, erected in commemoration of a person or event or in celebration of something
a notable building or site, esp one preserved as public property
a tomb or tombstone
a literary or artistic work regarded as commemorative of its creator or a particular period
(US) a boundary marker
an exceptional example: his lecture was a monument of tedium
an obsolete word for statue
Word Origin
C13: from Latin monumentum, from monēre to remind, advise


the Monument, a tall columnar building designed (1671) by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Fire of London (1666), which destroyed a large part of the medieval city
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 monument

late 13c., "a sepulchre," from Old French monument "grave, tomb, monument," and directly from Latin monumentum "a monument, memorial structure, statue; votive offering; tomb; memorial record," literally "something that reminds," from monere "to remind, warn" (see monitor (n.)). Sense of "structure or edifice to commemorate a notable person, action, or event" first attested c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for monument

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for monument

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with monument

Nearby words for monument