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memoir

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noun mem·oir \ˈmem-ˌwär, -ˌwȯr\

Simple Definition of memoir

  • memoirs : a written account in which someone (such as a famous performer or politician) describes past experiences

  • : a written account of someone or something that is usually based on personal knowledge of the subject

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of memoir

  1. 1 :  an official note or report :  memorandum

  2. 2 a :  a narrative composed from personal experience b :  autobiography —usually used in plural c :  biography

  3. 3 a :  an account of something noteworthy :  report b plural :  the record of the proceedings of a learned society

memoirist

play \-ist\ noun

Examples of memoir in a sentence

  1. a retired politician who is writing his memoirs

  2. He has written a memoir of his mother.

  3. a memoir of Hollywood in the 1930s



Origin and Etymology of memoir

Middle French memoire, from memoire memory, from Latin memoria


First Known Use: 1571



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