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 memoranda (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 Foxhoven twice approved memorandums of understanding in which DHS covered 69 percent of Thorson’s salary dating to Dec. 26, 2017. Washington Post, "Ousted Iowa director to file whistleblower case, lawyer says," 31 July 2019 Foxhoven twice approved memorandums of understanding in which DHS covered 69 percent of Thorson's salary dating to Dec. 26, 2017. NBC News, "Tupac Shakur superfan fired from Iowa government job to file wrongful termination lawsuit," 31 July 2019 Meanwhile on Wednesday, attorneys for Farber Dulos and her mother, Gloria Farber, waged their own fight in court, filing a memorandum of law that seeks to allow Farber to maintain custody of the Dulos’ five children. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Fotis Dulos’ attorney asks judge to order release of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos’ medical records; Grandmother continues fight for custody of couple’s five children," 17 July 2019 Aldermen are likely on July 22 to again discuss a memorandum of understanding that would outline terms of Evanston residents using the beach, just south of the city’s water treatment plant and adjacent to Northwestern’s new Ryan Fieldhouse. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern, Evanston officials differ on rules for campus beach," 16 July 2019 Solano in a filing said his involvement was limited to helping structure a memorandum of understanding with Odebrecht and measuring the potential impact of a winning bid on Aval’s finances. Time, "World Bank Arm Implicated in Latin American Graft Scandal," 2 July 2019 The five aldermen voted 5-0 to recommend both memorandums of understanding. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Deal could put Mutual Ground in former Todd School in Aurora," 14 June 2019 The newspaper said test results, emails and internal memorandums show how California regulators waited nearly three weeks, until the Kentucky Derby was only nine days away, to notify Baffert of the positive test. sun-sentinel.com, "Report: Justify failed drug test in 2018 before winning Triple Crown," 12 Sep. 2019 The newspaper said test results, emails and internal memorandums show how California regulators waited nearly three weeks, until the Kentucky Derby was only nine days away, to notify Baffert of the positive test. CBS News, "Justify failed drug test before winning horse racing's Triple Crown, New York Times says," 12 Sep. 2019

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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

noun
How to pronounce memorandum (audio)

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
law : 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 memoranda (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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