Just as the Lincoln Memorial pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln, a memorial is anything that symbolizes or celebrates someone who died. Every gravestone in a cemetery is actually a small memorial.

A memorial is a service or statue dedicated to someone who died. A memorial service celebrates the life of the deceased. Something written about the dead person can also be called a memorial, and you could say donating to a dead friend's favorite cause is a memorial to them. If it honors the dead, the word memorial probably fits.

Primary Meanings of memorial

a recognition of meritorious service
a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority
Full Definitions of memorial

n a recognition of meritorious service

commemoration, remembrance
a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person
a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar
Type of:
credit, recognition

n a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

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Lincoln Memorial
memorial building in Washington containing a large marble statue of Abraham Lincoln
Pyramids of Egypt
a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sides; begun by Cheops around 2700 BC as royal tombs in ancient Egypt
Statue of Liberty
a large monumental statue symbolizing liberty on Liberty Island in New York Bay
Washington Monument
a stone obelisk built in Washington in 1884 to honor George Washington; 555 feet tall
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brass, memorial tablet, plaque
a memorial made of brass
cenotaph, empty tomb
a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered
gravestone, headstone, tombstone
a stone that is used to mark a grave
megalith, megalithic structure
memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)
national monument
memorial consisting of a structure or natural landmark of historic interest; set aside by national government for preservation and public enjoyment
a monument commemorating a nation's dead heroes
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Wonders of the World
impressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe
triumphal arch
a monumental archway; usually they are built to commemorate some notable victory
cromlech, dolmen, portal tomb
a prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstone
menhir, standing stone
a tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority

Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

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