Definition of Memorial Day in US 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
    • ‘This weekend marks Memorial Day in the U.S. and the official beginning of summer leisure.’
    • ‘The original proclamation of a Memorial Day in 1868 was of course occasioned by the Civil War.’
    • ‘On Memorial Day this year we will dedicate a new national memorial to Americans who served in World War II.’
    • ‘Friday is expected to be busiest of the Memorial Day weekend at both airports.’
    • ‘Today has been the day when America celebrates Memorial Day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today, he was remembered during a Memorial Day gathering of family and friends in Texas.’
    • ‘From the first Memorial Day in 1868, the day set aside to honour our war dead has become a national holiday.’
    • ‘Over Memorial Day weekend we gathered for our first and, I suspect, only reunion.’
    • ‘Trading was light Friday as many traders were absent ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘A Memorial Day weekend powwow is held by the Devil's Lake Sioux at Fort Totten, North Dakota.’
    • ‘Folks in the U.S. will have already had their Memorial Day weekend.’
    • ‘Sure, Memorial Day is a day of barbecues and pool openings to some people.’
    • ‘Well, the Memorial Day weekend driving season is on us, and high gas prices are a factor.’
    • ‘The men in my community and in others would place flags at the grave sites of veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.’
    • ‘The UK and US markets are closed on Monday for the Spring Bank Holiday and Memorial Day respectively.’
    • ‘This Memorial Day weekend, I suggest a visit to a truly sacred and, indeed, holy place.’
    • ‘So amidst the triumph, I saw yesterday as a Memorial Day, of a sort, for those many who fell to make it possible.’
    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.
      • ‘Jefferson Davis’ birthday is remembered on June 3 and also observed as Confederate Memorial Day in Kentucky and Louisiana.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some participants dressed in traditional Old South attire, which was fitting, because Confederate Memorial Day is a southern tradition.’
      • ‘Today is Confederate Decoration Day, or Confederate Memorial Day in North Carolina.’

Pronunciation

Memorial Day

/məˈmôrēəl ˌdā//məˈmɔriəl ˌdeɪ/