Monument Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Monument, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Monument?

(n) Monument is the permanent structure, building, erections etc made at the place to mark the memory of a historical event, action, place or person etc.

History and Meaning of Monument

A monument is a structure, object, or natural feature that is built or created to commemorate and honor a historical event, person, or group of people. This can be anything from a building, statue, plaque, or memorial garden. Monuments have been created for thousands of years by civilizations across the globe to celebrate and remember significant events and people.

The origin of the word "monument" comes from the Latin word "monere" which means "to remind." The purpose of a monument is to remind people of a person, event or place in history. In modern times, monuments have become an essential part of the cultural and heritage landscape.

Examples of Monument

  1. The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. was built in memory of George Washington, the first president of the United States.

  2. The Great Wall of China is a monument that was constructed in ancient times to protect the Chinese Empire from invaders.

  3. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, celebrates the westward expansion of the United States and is a monument to Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase.

  4. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a monument built in honor of Abraham Lincoln who was the 16th President of the United States.

  5. The Mariana Trench monument is the deepest point on the earth and has been designated as an official United States monument.

Legal Terms Similar to Monument

  1. Heritage Site: A heritage site is a location that is recognized by the government for its cultural, historical, or scientific significance.

  2. Landmark: A landmark is a recognizable natural or artificial feature of the physical environment that has cultural, historical, or architectural importance.

  3. Memorial: A memorial is a structure or object that is built to commemorate and honor someone or something, usually a person or event in history.