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Topic: ARCHITECTURE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Latin
Origin: monumentum, from monere 'to remind'

monument

noun
     
mon‧u‧ment [countable]
1AA a building, statue, or other large structure that is built to remind people of an important event or famous person [↪ memorial]:
He erected a monument on the spot where his daughter was killed.
monument to
a fitting monument to the men who died in the battle
2AA a very old building or place that is important historically:
Ancient monuments are protected by law.
3

be a monument to somebody/something

to show clearly the result of someone's qualities, beliefs, or actions:
The company is a monument to Sir Peter's energy and vision.
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