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memorandum

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noun mem·o·ran·dum \ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm\

Simple Definition of memorandum

  • : a usually brief written message or report from one person or department in a company or organization to another

  • law : an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official

Full Definition of memorandum

plural mem·o·ran·dums or mem·o·ran·daplay \-də\

  1. 1 :  an informal record; also :  a written reminder

  2. 2 :  an informal written note of a transaction or proposed instrument

  3. 3 a :  an informal diplomatic communication b :  a usually brief communication written for interoffice circulation c :  a communication that contains directive, advisory, or informative matter

Usage Discussion of memorandum

Although some commentators warn against the use of memoranda as a singular and condemn the plural memorandas, our evidence indicates that these forms are rarely encountered in print. We have a little evidence of the confusion of forms, including use of memorandum as a plural, in speech (as at congressional hearings). As plurals memoranda and memorandums are about equally frequent.

Examples of memorandum

  1. <I'm waiting for the memorandum that will explain the new vacation policy.>

  2. <the studio executives depend on endless memoranda to keep track of what's going on at a movie shot on location>



Origin of memorandum

Middle English, to be remembered, from Latin, neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorare


First Known Use: 15th century



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