Definition of Memorial Day in English:

Memorial Day

noun

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

Pronunciation

Memorial Day

/məˈmôrēəl ˌdā//məˈmɔriəl ˌdeɪ/