Definition of Memorial Day in English:

Memorial Day


  • 1A day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

    Also called (especially formerly) Decoration Day
    • ‘The original proclamation of a Memorial Day in 1868 was of course occasioned by the Civil War.’
    • ‘The men in my community and in others would place flags at the grave sites of veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.’
    • ‘Today has been the day when America celebrates Memorial Day.’
    • ‘On Memorial Day this year we will dedicate a new national memorial to Americans who served in World War II.’
    • ‘A Memorial Day weekend powwow is held by the Devil's Lake Sioux at Fort Totten, North Dakota.’
    • ‘Sure, Memorial Day is a day of barbecues and pool openings to some people.’
    • ‘Today, he was remembered during a Memorial Day gathering of family and friends in Texas.’
    • ‘So amidst the triumph, I saw yesterday as a Memorial Day, of a sort, for those many who fell to make it possible.’
    • ‘From the first Memorial Day in 1868, the day set aside to honour our war dead has become a national holiday.’
    • ‘The Senate will vote on the bill soon after 7 June, when it returns from the Memorial Day holiday.’
    • ‘The Senate will join the fray as it plans to debate the issue before the Memorial Day break.’
    • ‘Sam found himself thinking about his grandfather's death over the Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘Trading was light Friday as many traders were absent ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘Folks in the U.S. will have already had their Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘Well, the Memorial Day weekend driving season is on us, and high gas prices are a factor.’
    • ‘Over Memorial Day weekend we gathered for our first and, I suspect, only reunion.’
    • ‘Friday is expected to be busiest of the Memorial Day weekend at both airports.’
    • ‘This Memorial Day weekend, I suggest a visit to a truly sacred and, indeed, holy place.’
    • ‘The UK and US markets are closed on Monday for the Spring Bank Holiday and Memorial Day respectively.’
    • ‘This weekend marks Memorial Day in the U.S. and the official beginning of summer leisure.’
    1. 1.1(in the southern states) any of various days (especially the fourth Monday in April) on which similar remembrances are observed.
      • ‘On May 30 and June 6, National and Confederate Memorial Days, on Mothers Day, at Easter time and at Christmas, this beautiful old cemetery is adorned with flowers because the living remember the dead.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, in the North, the Memorial Day observance took place on 30 May whereas most Southerners (except for African Americans) commemorated Confederate Memorial Day on varying dates in the spring.’
      • ‘Today is Confederate Decoration Day, or Confederate Memorial Day in North Carolina.’
      • ‘Some participants dressed in traditional Old South attire, which was fitting, because Confederate Memorial Day is a southern tradition.’
      • ‘Jefferson Davis’ birthday is remembered on June 3 and also observed as Confederate Memorial Day in Kentucky and Louisiana.’


Memorial Day

/məˈmôrēəl ˌdā/