mem·oir | \ˈmem-ˌwär, -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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Other Words from memoir

memoirist \-ist \ noun

Synonyms for memoir


bio, biography, life

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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
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In his memoir, Lynch recalls the meeting that inspired his whiplash-inducing decision. Laura Bradley, HWD, "David Lynch Had Harsh Words for Showtime Over Twin Peaks’ Budget," 20 June 2018 Ann Romney wrote a memoir about her struggles with multiple sclerosis and helped to open a center for neurological diseases in Boston. Matt Flegenheimer, The Seattle Times, "Romney wants in again; but first, he must make peace with Trump," 10 June 2018 The idea of writing a memoir was sparked originally by her daughter, who was 21 at the time and part of a new generation of empowered feminists. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Lahti memoir explores feminist journey that started in metro Detroit," 6 May 2018 Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Steve Jobs, is writing a memoir to be published in September that will detail her complicated relationship with her father. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Goldman Sachs Pay Gap, Steven Cohen's Investment Firm: Broadsheet March 19," 19 Mar. 2018 Shortly after her 2009 nomination to the Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor announced plans for a memoir, which was published in 2013. Amy Brittain,, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says," 12 July 2018 Shortly after her 2009 nomination to the Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor announced plans for a memoir, which was published in 2013. Washington Post,, "Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says," 11 July 2018 The first thing in my way: in July 2017, my memoir, Estranged, was coming out. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 By all rights, Leslie Jamison’s new memoir, The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath shouldn’t work. Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, "How Leslie Jamison rejected the link between creativity and alcoholism," 5 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners 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

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