Mon"u*ment (?), n. [F., fr. L. monumentum, fr. monere to remind, admonish. See Monition, and cf. Moniment.]


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

Of ancient British art A pleasing monument. Philips.

Our bruised arms hung up for monuments. Shak.


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.

On your family's old monument Hang mournful epitaphs, and do all rites That appertain unto a burial. Shak.


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


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

Acts and Monuments of these latter and perilous days. Foxe.

Syn. -- Memorial; remembrance; tomb; cenotaph.


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