memorandum

noun mem·o·ran·dum \ ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of memorandum

plural memorandums or memoranda play \-də\
1 :an informal record; also :a written reminder
2 :an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official
3 a :an informal diplomatic (see diplomatic 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.

memorandums or memoranda?

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

  1. I'm waiting for the memorandum that will explain the new vacation policy.

  2. the studio executives depend on endless memoranda to keep track of what's going on at a movie shot on location

Recent Examples of memorandum from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of memorandum

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


MEMORANDUM Defined for English Language Learners

memorandum

noun

Definition of memorandum for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

memorandum

noun mem·o·ran·dum \ ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm \

Definition of memorandum for Students

plural memorandums or memoranda \-də\
1 :an informal report or message
2 :a written reminder

Law Dictionary

memorandum

noun mem·o·ran·dum \ ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm \

legal Definition of memorandum

plural memorandums; plural memoranda play \-də\
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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