memoir

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noun mem·oir \ˈmem-ˌwär, -ˌwȯr\

Definition of memoir

  1. 1 :  an official note or report :  memorandum

  2. 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

  3. 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

memoirist

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Examples of memoir in a Sentence

  1. a retired politician who is writing his memoirs

  2. He has written a memoir of his mother.

  3. a memoir of Hollywood in the 1930s

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Origin and Etymology of memoir

Middle French memoire, from memoire memory, from Latin memoria


MEMOIR Defined for English Language Learners

memoir

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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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