noun mem·oir \ˈmem-ˌwär, -ˌwr\

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

Full Definition of MEMOIR

:  an official note or report :  memorandum
a :  a narrative composed from personal experience
b :  autobiography —usually used in plural
c :  biography
a :  an account of something noteworthy :  report
b plural :  the record of the proceedings of a learned society
mem·oir·ist \-ist\ noun

Examples of MEMOIR

  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 of MEMOIR

Middle French memoire, from memoire memory, from Latin memoria
First Known Use: 1571

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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