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Definition of "monument" []

  • A structure, such as a building or sculpture, erected as a memorial. (noun)
  • An inscribed marker placed at a grave; a tombstone. (noun)
  • Something venerated for its enduring historic significance or association with a notable past person or thing: the architectural monuments of ancient Rome; traditions that are monuments to an earlier era. (noun)
  • An outstanding enduring achievement: a translation that is a monument of scholarship. (noun)
  • An exceptional example: "Thousands of them wrote texts, some of them monuments of dullness” ( Robert L. Heilbroner). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "monument" in a sentence
  • "And as for the state to rectify the situation, to make changes to the monument is an expensive proposition."
  • ""This monument is at a federal facility and is not on our purview," said Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama"
  • "Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery — nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why."