Me*mo"ri*al (?), a. [F. m'emorial, L. memorialis, fr. memoria. See Memory.]


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

There high in air, memorial of my name, Fix the smooth oar, and bid me live to fame. Pope.

2. Contained in memory; as, a memorial possession.


Mnemonic; assisting the memory.

This succession of Aspirate, Soft, and Hard, may be expressed by the memorial word ASH. Skeat.

Memorial Day. Same as Decoration Day. [U.S.]


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Me*mo"ri*al, n. [Cf. F. m'emorial.]


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


Churches have names; some as memorials of peace, some of wisdom, some in memory of the Trinity itself. Hooker.


A memorandum; a record.

[Obs. or R.]



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.


Memory; remembrance.


Precious is the memorial of the just. Evelyn.

5. Diplomacy

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


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