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commedia dell'arte
Commemoration day
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Commemoration definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COMMEMORATION, n. The act of calling to remembrance, by some solemnity; the act of honoring the memory of some person or event, by solemn celebration. The feast of shells at Plymouth in Massachusetts is an annual commemoration of the first landing of our ancestors in 1620.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something [syn: commemoration, memorialization, memorialisation]
2: a recognition of meritorious service [syn: memorial, commemoration, remembrance]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of commemorating 2. something that commemorates

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an act of commemorating. 2 a service or part of a service in memory of a person, an event, etc. Etymology: ME f. F commemoration or L commemoratio (as COMMEMORATE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Commemoration Com*mem`o*ra"tion, n. [L. commemoratio.] 1. 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. --Abp. Tillotson. The commonwealth which . . . chooses the most flagrant act of murderous regicide treason for a feast of eternal commemoration. --Burke. 2. Whatever serves the purpose of commemorating; a memorial. Commemoration day, at the University of Oxford, Eng., an annual observance or ceremony in honor of the benefactors of the University, at which time honorary degrees are conferred.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see commemorate

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Celebration, solemnization.

Moby Thesaurus

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