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Monument vs. Memorial

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Main Difference

The main difference between Monument and Memorial is that the Monument is a type of structure either explicitly created to commemorate a person or important event, or used for that purpose and Memorial is a object which serves as a focus for memory of something.

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  • Monument (noun)

    A structure built for commemorative or symbolic reasons, or as a memorial; a commemoration.

    "There is a monument on the town green to the soldiers who died in World War I."

  • Monument (noun)

    An important site owned by the community as a whole.

  • Monument (noun)

    An exceptional or proud achievement.

  • Monument (noun)

    An important burial vault or tomb.

  • Monument (noun)

    A legal document.

  • Monument (noun)

    A surveying reference point marked by a permanently fixed marker (a survey monument).

  • Memorial (noun)

    A structure, such as a monument, intended to celebrate the memory of a person or event.

  • Memorial (noun)

    A service of remembrance or commemoration.

  • Memorial (noun)

    a statement of facts set out in the form of a petition to a person in authority, a court or tribunal, a government, etc.

  • Memorial (adjective)

    Serving as a remembrance of someone or something; commemorative.

    "a memorial building"

  • Memorial (adjective)

    Contained in the memory.

    "a memorial possession"

  • Memorial (adjective)

    Mnemonic; assisting the memory.

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  • Monument (noun)

    a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a notable person or event

    "a monument to Magellan is in the main square of the city"

    "a simple stone monument marked the nearby crash site"

  • Monument (noun)

    a statue or other structure placed over a grave in memory of the dead

    "a handsome monument of granite is placed over the grave"

  • Monument (noun)

    a building, structure, or site that is of historical importance or interest

    "the amphitheatre is one of the many Greek monuments in Sicily"

  • Monument (noun)

    an enduring and memorable example of something

    "recordings that are a monument to the art of playing the piano"

  • Memorial (noun)

    a statue or structure established to remind people of a person or event

    "a memorial to General Robert E. Lee"

  • Memorial (noun)

    intended to commemorate someone or something

    "a memorial service in the dead man's honour"

  • Memorial (noun)

    a statement of facts, especially as the basis of a petition

    "the Council sent a strongly worded memorial to the Chancellor of the Exchequer"

  • Memorial (noun)

    a record or memoir

    "Mrs Carlyle's Letters and Memorials"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Monument (noun)

    Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial.

  • Monument (noun)

    A building, pillar, stone, or the like, erected to preserve the remembrance of a person, event, action, etc.; as, the Washington monument; the Bunker Hill monument. Also, a tomb, with memorial inscriptions.

  • Monument (noun)

    A stone or other permanent object, serving to indicate a limit or to mark a boundary.

  • Monument (noun)

    A saying, deed, or example, worthy of record.

  • Memorial (adjective)

    Serving to preserve remembrance; commemorative; as, a memorial building.

  • Memorial (adjective)

    Contained in memory; as, a memorial possession.

  • Memorial (adjective)

    Mnemonic; assisting the memory.

  • Memorial (noun)

    Anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or event; something which serves to keep something else in remembrance; a monument.

  • Memorial (noun)

    A memorandum; a record.

  • Memorial (noun)

    A written representation of facts, addressed to the government, or to some branch of it, or to a society, etc., - often accompanied with a petition.

  • Memorial (noun)

    Memory; remembrance.

  • Memorial (noun)

    A species of informal state paper, much used in negotiation.

Webster Dictionary
  • Monument (noun)

    a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

  • Monument (noun)

    an important site that is marked and preserved as public property

  • Monument (noun)

    a burial vault (usually for some famous person)

  • Memorial (noun)

    a recognition of meritorious service

  • Memorial (noun)

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

  • Memorial (noun)

    a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

Princeton's WordNet

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