• WordNet 3.6
    • n commemoration a recognition of meritorious service
    • n commemoration a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Japan, by the time man reaches the age of 60, he is commemorated with a special ceremony. This ceremony features the man wearing a red kimono, which denotes that he no longer has the responsibilities of being a mature adult
    • Commemoration The act of commemorating; an observance or celebration designed to honor the memory of some person or event. "This sacrament was designed to be a standing commemoration of the death and passion of our Lord.""The commonwealth which . . . chooses the most flagrant act of murderous regicide treason for a feast of eternal commemoration ."
    • Commemoration Whatever serves the purpose of commemorating; a memorial.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The daughter of confectioner Leo Hirschfield is commemorated in the name of the sweet he invented: Although his daughter's real name was Clara, she went by the nickname Tootsie, and in her honor, her doting father named his chewy chocolate logs Tootsie Rolls.
    • n commemoration The act of commemorating or calling to remembrance by some solemnity; the act of honoring the memory of some person or event by solemn celebration: as, the feast of the passover among the Israelites was an annual commemoration of their deliverance from Egypt.
    • n commemoration Eccles.: In the intercessory prayers of the eucharistic office, mention made by name, rank, or condition of persons living or departed, or of canonized saints; also, a prayer containing such mention: as, the commemoration of the living; the commemoration of the departed; the commemoration of the saints. See diptych.
    • n commemoration In the services for the canonical hours, a brief form, consisting of anthem, versicle, response, and collect, said in honor of God, of a saint, or of some biblical or ecclesiastical event: in the medieval church in England also called a memory, and sometimes a memorial. A complete service said in honor of a saint was also so styled.
    • n commemoration Parts of the proper service of a lesser festival inserted in the service for a greater festival when the latter coincides with and supersedes the former.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first series of commemorative stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service depicted Columbus's discovery of America. They were issued in 1893 and available in 16 denominations ranging from one cent to $5.
    • n Commemoration preserving the memory of some person or thing by a solemn ceremony: the specification of individual saints in the prayers for the dead: the great festival of the Oxford academic year, usually taking place on the third Wednesday after Trinity Sunday
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. commemoratio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. commemoratus, pa.p. of commemorāre, to remember—com, inten., and memor, mindful.


In literature:

A year had passed since the massacre had occurred, and the agitators proposed to commemorate the day.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Again, this Barzillai of the nineteenth century shows us a more sensible way of monumental and epitaphal commemoration.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
I always did prefer to go down in Commemoration week, myself; never was a dancing man.
"In the Wrong Paradise" by Andrew Lang
Under the emperors, victory was commemorated by a triumphal arch at Rome, many of which now exist.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
The festival is meant to commemorate the old lady's victory over a buffalo-headed demon.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
The Commemoration festivities terminated on Wednesday night with a grand ball at the Music-Room in Holywell Street.
"The Lost Stradivarius" by John Meade Falkner
This statue had been executed for the Pillar at Boulogne commemorative of the Army of England.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
He granted Del Cano a pension, and a coat of arms commemorating his services.
"The Story of Geographical Discovery" by Joseph Jacobs
The little cross at Hut Point commemorates the death of Vince.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
In the Egyptian epic composed by the court-poet Pentaur, to commemorate the heroic deeds of Ramses II.
"Patriarchal Palestine" by Archibald Henry Sayce

In poetry:

"Commemorate, my sons, the day
Which gave great Anna birth;
Keep it for ever and for aye,
And annual be your mirth."
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
He needs no monument, no marble pile,
'Tis vain thus to commemorate a name
That must endure in noble grandeur while
His country lives,—the temple of his fame.
"Henry Clay" by James McCauley
Lord Dalhousie was a man worthy of all praise,
And to his memory I hope a monument the people will raise,
That will stand for many ages to came
To commemorate the good deeds he has done.
"The Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
And, in conclusion, I most earnestly pray,
That the people will erect a monument for him without delay,
To commemorate the good work he has done,
And his name in gold letters written thereon!
"Death and Burial of Lord Tennyson" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Notable deaths in politics 2012 A to M. Guelph house commemorates Flanders' poet McCrae.
Here in Eugene and the surrounding area, a lot's going on to commemorate the occasion.
David Broder's Golden Anniversary: Commemorating a Quarter-century of Hackery .
They were all on the Sprint Center podium, each member of the Missouri basketball team, sporting the commemorative hats and T-shirts given only to Big 12 champions.
Officials, donors and invited guests on Wednesday commemorated the opening of a new chapel on the Texas Tech campus.
Dwight Maddox, of MDX Guitars, has created two hand crafted guitars to commemorate and benefit Post 9/11 veterans.
The weekend celebration will consist of activities to draw TC alumni, family and friends of the college together to commemorate its founding.
Auburn club helps commemorate 100th year since Harriet Tubman 's death.
The "13" motif commemorates the day Tim was born.
Everyone is invited to join in a 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, June 7 at the Pilgrim Holiness Church on Route 23 in Grand Gorge to commemorate the first service held in the present building.
The festival of Ashoura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala, Iraq, in the year A.D 680.
Each of us in our personal lives has significant days, birthdays, anniversaries and other special commemorations.
Five area churches will come together beginning April 18 at noon for " Holy Week ," the days between Palm Sunday and Easter, to commemorate Jesus' journey to the cross.
A special edition Monopoly board commemorates Alan Turing, the gay mathematician and codebreaker considered "the father of computer science.".
Though historically, May 5 commemorates the Mexican army's victory of the French in 1862, Cinco de Mayo is virtually ignored in Mexico.

In science:

ABR] Altınok, S., Brown, G. and Reid, M., Fano 3-folds, K 3 surfaces and graded ring, in Topology and geometry: commemorating SISTAG, Contemp.
Type II Unprojection
Supplement of the Progress of Theoretical Physics, Commemoration Issue for 30th Anniversary of Meson Theory by Dr. H.
About Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in the Field Theory with Fundamental Mass
We chose this name to commemorate the fact that the work was done in New Zealand.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
Publications of RIMS commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences).
A generalized Cartan decomposition for the double coset space U(n_1) x U(n_2) x U(n_3)) U(n) / U(p) x U(q)
ABR] Altınok, S., Brown, G. and Reid, M., Fano 3-folds, K 3 surfaces and graded ring, in Topology and geometry: commemorating SISTAG, Contemp.
Towards a general theory of unprojection