memorandum

noun
mem·​o·​ran·​dum | \ ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm How to pronounce memorandum (audio) \
plural memorandums or memoranda\ ˌme-​mə-​ˈran-​də How to pronounce memorandum (audio) \

Definition of memorandum

1 : an informal record also : a written reminder
2 : an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official
3a : an informal diplomatic (see diplomatic sense 2) communication
b : a usually brief communication written for interoffice circulation The company president sent a memorandum to every employee.
c : a communication that contains directive, advisory, or informative matter The memorandum called particular attention to the plight of refugees.

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memorandums or memoranda?: Usage Guide

Although some commentators warn against the use of memoranda as a singular and condemn the plural memorandas, our evidence indicates that these forms are rarely encountered in print. We have a little evidence of the confusion of forms, including use of memorandum as a plural, in speech (as at congressional hearings). As plurals memoranda and memorandums are about equally frequent.

Examples of memorandum in a Sentence

I'm waiting for the memorandum that will explain the new vacation policy. the studio executives depend on endless memoranda to keep track of what's going on at a movie shot on location
Recent Examples on the Web In a ceremony at the Rubin, Britschgi signed a memorandum of understanding for the return of the artifacts with Bishnu Prasad Gautam, Nepal’s acting consul general. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Jan. 2022 In 2018, the nonprofit Canalway Partners, which helped spearhead the trail, signed a memorandum of understanding with Sherwin-Williams to explore revitalizing the old terminal as a hotel related to travel on the trail. Steven Litt, cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 Silvercup Studios, has also signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a long-term lease at the former Downsview air base in north Toronto, with an eye to building a $200 million film and TV production studio. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 Iran’s deputy trade minister Alireza Peymanpak signed a memorandum of understanding on the proposal with the Sri Lankan plantations industries minister Navin Dissanayake earlier this week in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 The countries also signed a memorandum of understanding for Russia to send an uninterrupted supply of coal to India to support its steel production, among other deals. Reuters, CNN, 6 Dec. 2021 The companies signed a memorandum of understanding Monday on a joint venture to build a battery plant. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2021 In September, the organizations signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the framework for its collaboration. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 In fact, late last year the two signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate collaboration and the sharing of research. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of memorandum

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for memorandum

Middle English, to be remembered, from Latin, neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorare

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The first known use of memorandum was in the 15th century

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“Memorandum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memorandum. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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memorandum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of memorandum

: a usually brief written message or report from one person or department in a company or organization to another
: an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official

memorandum

noun
mem·​o·​ran·​dum | \ ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm How to pronounce memorandum (audio) \
plural memorandums or memoranda\ -​də \

Kids Definition of memorandum

1 : an informal report or message
2 : a written reminder

memorandum

noun
mem·​o·​ran·​dum | \ ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm How to pronounce memorandum (audio) \
plural memorandums; plural memoranda\ -​də How to pronounce memorandum (audio) \

Legal Definition of memorandum

1 : a usually informal written communication
2 : a record (as a note) which is used by a party seeking to enforce an otherwise oral agreement in accordance with the Statute of Frauds to prove that the other party agreed to a contract and which need not contain all the terms of the contract itself
3 : brief

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