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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Mr Macron, who keeps a copy of Charles de Gaulle’s memoirs on his desk, is eager to occupy the space. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron reclaims France’s international role," 31 Aug. 2019 Wilder’s memoir Pioneer Girl, hidden until it was published in 2014, gives a darker look at those years of hardship, battling poverty, locusts, and her father’s often unsound decisions. Elena Nicolaou,, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 Provence, in turn, can thank Mayle’s endearing tales—notably his bestselling memoir A Year in Provence and the novel A Good Year—for inspiring a steady stream of vacationers and foreign homebuyers, even decades later. Lindsey Tramuta, Fortune, "Purchasing Property in Provence, France," 23 Aug. 2019 Lab Girl, Hope Jahren (2016) Science is at the heart of geobiologist Hope Jahren’s award-winning memoir. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Barack Obama Shares His 2019 Summer Reading List," 14 Aug. 2019 Bitterroots,’ ‘Oysterville Sewing Circle,’ Sister Helen Prejean's memoir Nora can only pass so much judgment. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Téa Obreht follows up 'The Tiger's Wife' with 'Inland' a haunted, fantastical Western," 13 Aug. 2019 The movie, full of Springsteen’s best known songs, ignited buzz at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival and is based on British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir, Greetings from Bury Park. Keith Campbell, Dallas News, "'Blinded by the Light' captures how Bruce Springsteen reaches hungry hearts like mine," 9 Aug. 2019 Snowden's memoir will be released simultaneously in more than 20 countries, and pre-orders are available in the US, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Brace for controversy: Edward Snowden has written a memoir," 1 Aug. 2019 For a review of Mr. Stevens’ memoir, please click here. The Christian Science Monitor, "overlooked and intriguing recent U.S.-Russia story," 17 July 2019

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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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