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Pronunciation:  ku`memu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a recognition of meritorious service
  2. [n]  a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something

COMMEMORATION is a 13 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: memorial, memorialisation, memorialization, remembrance
 See Also: ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, credit, epitaph, observance, recognition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

         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

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