Definition of Memorial Day in US 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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The men in my community and in others would place flags at the grave sites of veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.’
    • ‘The original proclamation of a Memorial Day in 1868 was of course occasioned by the Civil War.’
    • ‘This weekend marks Memorial Day in the U.S. and the official beginning of summer leisure.’
    • ‘Friday is expected to be busiest of the Memorial Day weekend at both airports.’
    • ‘The UK and US markets are closed on Monday for the Spring Bank Holiday and Memorial Day respectively.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Senate will join the fray as it plans to debate the issue before the Memorial Day break.’
    • ‘Trading was light Friday as many traders were absent ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today has been the day when America celebrates Memorial Day.’
    • ‘Sam found himself thinking about his grandfather's death over the Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘Well, the Memorial Day weekend driving season is on us, and high gas prices are a factor.’
    • ‘On Memorial Day this year we will dedicate a new national memorial to Americans who served in World War II.’
    • ‘Over Memorial Day weekend we gathered for our first and, I suspect, only reunion.’
    • ‘Today, he was remembered during a Memorial Day gathering of family and friends in Texas.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jefferson Davis’ birthday is remembered on June 3 and also observed as Confederate Memorial Day in Kentucky and Louisiana.’
      • ‘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.’


Memorial Day

/məˈmɔriəl ˌdeɪ//məˈmôrēəl ˌdā/