Definition of commemorative in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈmem(ə)rədiv/ /kəˈmɛm(ə)rədɪv/ /kəˈmeməˌrādiv/ /kəˈmɛməˌreɪdɪv/

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  • Acting as a memorial or mark of an event or person.

    ‘a commemorative plaque’
    • ‘She expects the completed memorial to have a commemorative plaque engraved with the names of the deceased.’
    • ‘Instead, large commemorative war memorials tried to address the enormity of the loss.’
    • ‘The 1500 students were joined by war veterans and special commemorative plaque was unveiled.’
    • ‘Personally, I would single out two groups of brave men for commemorative plaques.’
    • ‘Sixty years on, the people of Cricklade remembered VE day with a series of commemorative events this weekend.’
    • ‘Each attendant will be given a personal certificate and commemorative badge to celebrate the good work of school crossing patrol staff.’
    • ‘In Washington DC, for example, there were hundreds of commemorative events across the city.’
    • ‘There, Orkney's Lord Lieutenant unveiled a commemorative plaque in the main terminal building.’
    • ‘The Princess herself praised the facilities on offer at the new hospital in a brief speech before the unveiling of the commemorative plaque.’
    • ‘She toured the factory and unveiled a commemorative plaque.’
    • ‘The unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the cenotaph by St George's Hall’
    • ‘A commemorative plaque will be presented to the school to mark this achievement.’
    • ‘A fund-raising appeal has been launched to create commemorative gardens in Moreton, Bourton and Stow.’
    • ‘The trust gets together every year to organise commemorative ceremonies and to give away an award in the name of the actor.’
    • ‘Their respective clubs will each receive commemorative team photographs.’
    • ‘His idea is that people should stop buying commemorative seats for viewpoints and instead leave a legacy to have trees cut down.’
    • ‘Four commemorative stamps were issued at the ceremony to raise funds for relief and rehabilitation effort.’
    • ‘All the parish's children will be given a commemorative mug that day.’
    • ‘They include two pieces of commemorative fine china - a beaker and trinket box, both with gold embellishment.’
    • ‘All the children will also receive commemorative medals courtesy of the governors, who are also producing keyrings.’
    memorial, remembrance, celebratory, celebrative
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  • An object such as a stamp or coin made to mark an event or honor a person.

    Compare with definitive

    ‘There are two types of postage stamps: definitives and commemoratives.’
    • ‘All commemoratives, except Christmas stamps, issued between 1898 and 1998 are included in the study.’
    • ‘Children attending the game receive commemoratives.’
    • ‘Smith & Wesson donated four pistols as prizes to the top four winners along with match commemoratives to all the competitors.’
    • ‘It would seem most folks purchased commemoratives as an investment, and eventually traded them in when their hopes for a great rise in value did not occur.’
    • ‘No alternatives, no tactical judgments; just waiting and talking about the exciting new world of commemoratives.’
    • ‘While it does not have an official club, its commemoratives are eagerly sought by collectors.’
    • ‘Also hugely collectable are commemoratives from the Silver Jubilee.’
    • ‘He worries whether to keep the Lindbergh commemorative in his beloved stamp collection.’
    • ‘They have been made ever since, although the few that have been made since 1880 have mostly been commemorative.’
    • ‘The character of the uncarved standing stone argues against it being ninth century or, indeed, commemorative.’