mem·​oir | \ ˈmem-ˌwär How to pronounce memoir (audio) , -ˌwȯr \

Definition of memoir

1 : an official note or report : memorandum
2a : a narrative composed from personal experience every memoir reminds us of the faraway and long ago, of loss and change, of persons and places beyond recall— Abigail McCarthy
b : autobiography usually used in plural His memoirs recall his student days at Harvard.
c : biography his memoir of his longtime friend
3a : an account of something noteworthy : report the work described and discussed in this memoir represent a first-class investigation— J. A. Steers
b memoirs plural : the record of the proceedings of a learned society

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memoirist \ ˈmem-​ˌwär-​ist How to pronounce memoir (audio) , -​ˌwȯr-​ \ noun

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Examples of memoir in a Sentence

a retired politician who is writing his memoirs He has written a memoir of his mother. a memoir of Hollywood in the 1930s
Recent Examples on the Web This coming-of-age memoir, rife with narrative suspense, takes us to the privileged world of Boca Raton, Fla., and to its author’s tumultuous childhood under the tutelage of two parents who were both larger-than-life and addicts. Chelsea Bieker, WSJ, 13 May 2022 The memoir-manifesto is a guide that’s motivated by Oyeneyin’s desire to inspire people to be their most authentic selves. Vogue, 12 May 2022 Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg, a fictionalized memoir of childhood in Italy in the 1920s and 30s, and fighting fascism when Mussolini comes to power. Riza Cruz, ELLE, 11 May 2022 Originally published just a few months before Talley’s book, Peres’s memoir was on the outdoor shelf for $1, arguably an appropriate fate for a story of drug and expense-account abuse. New York Times, 10 May 2022 This Jessica Simpson memoir will have you in tears by the end of chapter one. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 It is based on Christina's memoir of the same title. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 Vance’s memoir to buy its rights, yet director Ron Howard didn’t contribute to Vance’s run for office. Zach Everson, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Glancing at the illustration of the boy with the far-off stare standing next to a bus on the cover of the graphic novel memoir that will tell his story, Akim Aliu immediately remembers the pain of growing up poor and Black in Toronto. John Wawrow, ajc, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of memoir

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for memoir

Middle French memoire, from memoire memory, from Latin memoria

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15 May 2022

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