re·​mem·​brance | \ ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s How to pronounce remembrance (audio) also -bə-rən(t)s \

Definition of remembrance

1 : the state of bearing in mind
2a : the ability to remember : memory
b : the period over which one's memory extends
3 : an act of recalling to mind
4 : a memory of a person, thing, or event
5a : something that serves to keep in or bring to mind : reminder
c : a greeting or gift recalling or expressing friendship or affection

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memory, remembrance, recollection, reminiscence mean the capacity for or the act of remembering, or the thing remembered. memory applies both to the power of remembering and to what is remembered. gifted with a remarkable memory that incident was now just a distant memory remembrance applies to the act of remembering or the fact of being remembered. any remembrance of his deceased wife was painful recollection adds an implication of consciously bringing back to mind often with some effort. after a moment's recollection he produced the name reminiscence suggests the recalling of usually pleasant incidents, experiences, or feelings from a remote past. my grandmother's reminiscences of her Iowa girlhood

Examples of remembrance in a Sentence

a happy couple with many fond remembrances of when they were dating in college she gave her boyfriend on the eve of his military service one of her lockets as a remembrance of their abiding affection
Recent Examples on the Web Traditionally, during the loss remembrance service, the parents will release the butterflies in memory of their children. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio Girl Scout grows garden, future with help of strong mentors," 29 June 2020 This week, hundreds gathered near Portland's justice center and federal courthouse on Tuesday in remembrance of Summer Taylor, who was killed after being hit by a car during a protest in Seattle. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Portland police say downtown businesses sustained $23M in damages from weeks of protests and violence," 9 July 2020 In remembrance: Kaiser Health News and The Guardian have been writing short profiles of health care workers who have died with COVID-19. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "DeWine makes masks mandatory in 7 Ohio counties: Capitol Letter," 8 July 2020 Neiman, who grew up in the American South and now lives in Potsdam, describes how Germany has reckoned with the Nazi era, through memorials, official acts of remembrance, and various forms of reparations. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How to Confront a Racist National History," 6 July 2020 If the name evokes little in the way of remembrance, fret not. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "For Detroit Red Wings, picking fourth yielded best — and worst — pick in franchise history," 1 July 2020 Jordan Willis, 10, called the filming a day of remembrance for people who were shot by the police. Dallas News, "South Dallas dance group confronts racism, George Floyd’s death by filming video against police brutality," 29 June 2020 Across the country, groups gather for musical performances, church services, readings, and personal rituals of reflection and remembrance. Kristin Braswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I'm Finding Black Joy in Virtual Juneteenth Celebrations," 19 June 2020 On Father’s Day 2019, Garcia’s middle son posted family pictures on Instagram in a remembrance of his dad. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of remembrance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jul 2020

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“Remembrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of remembrance

: the act of remembering a person, thing, or event
: something that is done or made to honor the memory of a person, thing, or event
: a memory of a person, thing, or event


re·​mem·​brance | \ ri-ˈmem-brəns How to pronounce remembrance (audio) \

Kids Definition of remembrance

1 : the act of thinking about again My remembrance of the party made me laugh.
2 : memory sense 4 … the sight of the ax brought back only a fleeting remembrance of Rubin's accident.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
3 : something that is done to honor the memory of a person or event
4 : something (as a souvenir) that brings to mind a past experience

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