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 McCarthyb : 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. Steersb memoirs plural : the record of the proceedings of a learned society
memoiristplay \-ist\ noun
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 of memoir from the Web
Back in 2007, in the wake of the brouhaha over James Frey’s fabricated memoirs, David Sedaris received some flak for straying from the strictly factual in his personal narratives – yet classifying them as nonfiction rather than fiction.
Perhaps a few of them will squeeze a memoir out of their Marat/Sade experiences, but that is a large price to pay for the loss of your soul, a dank spot in history, and becoming a national laughingstock.
Former government officials routinely disclose the details of their interactions with presidents in memoirs and interviews.
Untitled memoir by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster, Sept. 26, $30).
Enter Daring to Drive, the memoir of Saudi driving activist Manal al-Sharif.
This range of genres covers non-fiction, literature, food history, journalism, memoir and travelogues.
Caldwell’s memoir hits shelves at an opportune moment.
Many books have been devoted to Churchill, including his six-volume memoir of World War II.
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Origin and Etymology of memoir
Middle French memoire, from memoire memory, from Latin memoria
First Known Use: 1571See Words from the same year
MEMOIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of memoir for English Language Learners
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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