1. Something, such as a monument or holiday, intended to celebrate or honor the memory of a person or an event.
2. A written statement of facts or a petition presented to a legislative body or an executive.
1. Serving as a remembrance of a person or an event; commemorative.
2. Of, relating to, or being in memory.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin memoriāle, from neuter of Latin memoriālis, belonging to memory, from memoria, memory; see MEMORY.]
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