November 11, 2011
memorial (adjective)
\muh-MOR-ee-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: serving to preserve the memory of a person or an event
How do you use it?
In observance of Veterans Day, which honors veterans of the armed forces, our family went to a memorial service on the town commons.
Are you a word wiz?

Veterans Day is a holiday that commemorates the end of World Wars I and II, and honors those who have died in war by keeping our memory of them alive. How long ago do you think people began using the word "memorial" to mean "preserving the memory of a person or thing"?

Veterans Day is observed on the day of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, which ended World War I. But the word "memorial" became part of the English language long before then. It made its first known appearance in writing late in the 14th century, making A the right answer. The word "memorial" comes from the Latin root "memoria," meaning "memory," the same root that the word "memory" comes from. If you think about it, you might also notice a similarity between these two words and the word "remember." All three of them can be traced back to the even older Latin root "memor," meaning "mindful."
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