noun re·mem·brance \ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s also -bə-rən(t)s\

Definition of remembrance

  1. 1 :  the state of bearing in mind

  2. 2a :  the ability to remember :  memoryb :  the period over which one's memory extends

  3. 3 :  an act of recalling to mind

  4. 4 :  a memory of a person, thing, or event

  5. 5a :  something that serves to keep in or bring to mind :  reminderb :  commemoration, memorialc :  a greeting or gift recalling or expressing friendship or affection

Examples of remembrance in a sentence

  1. a happy couple with many fond remembrances of when they were dating in college

  2. she gave her boyfriend on the eve of his military service one of her lockets as a remembrance of their abiding affection

14th Century

First Known Use of remembrance

14th century

Synonym Discussion of remembrance

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.

REMEMBRANCE Defined for English Language Learners


noun re·mem·brance \ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s also -bə-rən(t)s\

Definition of remembrance for English Language Learners

  • : 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

REMEMBRANCE Defined for Kids


noun re·mem·brance \ri-ˈmem-brəns\

Definition of remembrance for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of thinking about again My remembrance of the party made me laugh.

  2. 2 :  memory 4 … the sight of the ax brought back only a fleeting remembrance of Rubin's accident. — Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

  3. 3 :  something that is done to honor the memory of a person or event

  4. 4 :  something (as a souvenir) that brings to mind a past experience

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