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commemorative

[kuh-mem-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /kəˈmɛm əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to commemorate:
a commemorative monument; a commemorative dinner.
2.
(of a coin, medal, or postage stamp) issued to commemorate a historical event, to honor the memory of a personage, etc.
noun
3.
anything that commemorates.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; commemorat(ion) + -ive
Related forms
commemoratively, adverb
commemorativeness, noun
noncommemorative, adjective
noncommemoratively, adverb
uncommemorative, adjective
uncommemoratively, adverb
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commemorative
1610s, from commemorate + -ive. As a noun meaning "means of commemoration" it is recorded from 1630s; short for "commemorative postage stamp" is 20c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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