re·​mem·​brance ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s How to pronounce remembrance (audio)
 also  -bə-rən(t)s
: the state of bearing in mind
: the ability to remember : memory
: the period over which one's memory extends
: an act of recalling to mind
: a memory of a person, thing, or event
: something that serves to keep in or bring to mind : reminder
: a greeting or gift recalling or expressing friendship or affection
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 When a community is forced to grieve publicly, the world is called to witness the complexity of remembrance. Lotoya Francis, Rolling Stone, 19 Feb. 2024 Another man who lay flowers at a memorial said he was beaten by police officers for the small act of remembrance. Valerie Hopkins, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 The ofrenda format is central to Mesa-Bains as an architectural mediator between the living and the dead and a personal place of remembrance. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 13 Jan. 2024 After a moment of silence at 4:17 a.m. to mark the time the quake struck, carnations were tossed into the river in an act of remembrance and a local orchestra played a song to honor the victims. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 In the upload, dozens of supporters came together in remembrance of Atkinson. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 When Lois Kirschenbaum, a cultural aficionado who was a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera for more than half a century, died in 2021 at 88, star singers gave tributes and fellow fans offered remembrances. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2024 In recent days, at least one major figure in Meloni’s party — the head of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, who owns a collection of Mussolini memorabilia — has publicly questioned whether the salute might be legal in the context of a remembrance ceremony. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 Family honors Farmington hockey player killed by drunken driver with week of remembrance The family of a Farmington hockey player killed in a 2022 crash presented the Luke Roux Memorial Hockey Award to Conard High School goalie Blake Ittleson in honor of their late son. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Remembrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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re·​mem·​brance ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s How to pronounce remembrance (audio)
: the act of remembering
: something remembered
: something (as a souvenir) that serves to keep in or bring to mind : reminder
: something (as a greeting or gift) recalling or expressing friendship

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