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

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

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Tricia's remembrance book from her funeral provides bittersweet memories. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 Later, across the region and country, there would be remembrances for those who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "‘Bumblebee! Bumblebee!’: A 4-year-old got an epic surprise, and the strangers who gave it to him got something, too," 11 Sep. 2019 The account’s profile picture is a remembrance for Maleah Davis, the Houston 4-year-old whose death earlier this year garnered national attention. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "Police arrest mother of 5-year-old Houston girl found dead in closet," 3 Sep. 2019 The family suggests remembrances be made to Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church Children's Ministries at 429 Abercorn St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.Mr., "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/22," 21 Aug. 2019 Maybe our goodbye is really a remembrance of love felt, an appreciation for lives shared, and the lifelong reminisces that come from embraces and received. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Billy Miller Speaks out on Leaving the 'General Hospital' Cast in Heartbreaking Tweet," 29 July 2019 What was meant to be a fond remembrance of a wacky promotion that blew up in the Sox’s face faced some criticism this week. Paul Sullivan,, "White Sox commemorate Steve Dahl and Disco Demolition Night: 'It could not happen again'," 13 June 2019 To honor this year's anniversary, the Lee Street Community Center will hold a service of remembrance in Elaine on Sept. 28. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Red Summer 1919: Tree memorializing black Americans killed in Elaine, Arkansas, cut down," 24 Aug. 2019 The place, which also is the site of 22 white wooden crosses, has become a place for mourning and remembrance. Dallas News, "Husband of El Paso massacre victim has his SUV stolen on the day he buries her," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of remembrance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of remembrance was in the 14th century

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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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