Meaning of “monument” in the English Dictionary

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"monument" in British English

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monumentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɒn.jə.mənt/ us /ˈmɑːn.jə.mənt/

B2 a structure or building that is built to honour a special person or event:

In the square in front of the hotel stands a monument to all the people killed in the war.
ancient/historic monument

B1 an old building or place that is an important part of a country's history:

Parts of the Berlin wall are being allowed to stand as historic monuments.

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  • The monument stands as a chilling reminder of man's inhumanity to man.
  • The park that encloses the monument has recently been enlarged.
  • Grizzled veterans in uniform gathered at the war monument.
  • The monument was hewn out of the side of a mountain.
  • The pyramids are a living monument to the skill of their builders.

(Definition of “monument” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"monument" in American English

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monumentnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɑn·jə·mənt/

an object, esp. large and made of stone, built to remember and show respect for a person or group of people, or a special place made for this purpose:

While in Washington, D.C., we visited a number of historical monuments.
fig. The annual arts festival is a monument to (= is a result of) her vision and hard work.

(Definition of “monument” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)