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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Other Words from memoir

memoirist \ ˈmem-​ˌwär-​ist How to pronounce memoirist (audio) , -​ˌwȯr-​ \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

The biggest film among conservatives and antiabortion groups at the moment is Unplanned, a story based on the eponymous memoir of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "What Unplanned Gets Wrong About Abortion, According to Experts," 11 Apr. 2019 Lindy has a personal stake in the series, more than just being a series writer — it’s based on her 2016 memoir of the same name. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Aidy Bryant's "Shrill" Is the Groundbreaking Show Letting a Fat Person Be the Hero," 15 Mar. 2019 Released in February 2017, the memoir details Lindsey's personal journey being on AGT, rising above the rejection, and ultimately finding her own career path. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Trio Guest Lindsey Stirling Was Once Blasted on 'America's Got Talent'," 16 Oct. 2018 The documentary, based off a memoir of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, states that a pressure cooker saved time and resources, meeting high demands that even Sanders met with difficulty. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "'Eating Animals' effectively analyzes traditional, industrial farming changes," 28 June 2018 Starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carrell as a father-son duo figuring out how to handle their relationship in the midst of his son's addiction, the movie is based on a memoir written by a real-life father, David Sheff. Morgan Baila,, "Brace Yourselves For Timothée Chalamet & Steve Carrell In First Beautiful Boy Trailer," 27 June 2018 The memoir promises a deep look at Comey’s fraught relationship with the U.S. president who fired him, and whom Comey has accused of interfering in the independence of the FBI., "GOP Moves to Discredit Comey Before Publication of Tell-All Book," 12 Apr. 2018 And former First Lady Michelle Obama disclosed her previously secret struggle to conceive in her memoir, Becoming. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "How California Became the World’s Fertility Treatment Destination," 13 Mar. 2019 But putting a pen to paper for her new memoir, One Heart at a Time, proved to be more challenging. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Radio Host Delilah Opens Up About Losing Her Teenage Son to Suicide In New Memoir," 22 Oct. 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

: 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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