re·​mem·​brance | \ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s 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

b : commemoration, memorial

c : a greeting or gift recalling or expressing friendship or affection

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Synonyms for remembrance


memory, mind, recollection, reminiscence

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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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The Anti-Defamation League has partnered with local organizations to set up gatherings and vigils in remembrance of the victims. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How To Help Victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting," 29 Oct. 2018 This article is from May 2017, and has been republished in remembrance of Princess Diana on the anniversary of her death. Katie Frost, Harper's BAZAAR, "9 Reasons Princess Diana Was So Much More Than A Style Icon," 31 Aug. 2018 Bill's family would like to encourage anyone attending the service to share their remembrances of Bill in celebration of his life., "William E. Flynn," 29 June 2018 Author Tom Wolfe died in a Manhattan hospital on Monday at 87, and notable literary figures began offering remembrances on Twitter as soon as the news of his death was reported Tuesday morning. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Famous Literary Figures React to Tom Wolfe's Death," 15 May 2018 Thursday, parishioners gathered in the church for a wake and shared remembrances of a quiet, determined and witty man who found a way to make every person feel welcomed. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Remembering the Rev. Mark DiNardo, beloved pastor of St. Patrick Church on Bridge Avenue: Michael K. McIntyre," 26 Jan. 2018 And on the walls of empty houses and all over the bus stop were plastered cards of remembrance for the recently dead. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "Undiscovered Europe: A Vacation Like No Other," 23 May 2018 His story entitled Pure Heart, published in the June 4, 1990 issue of SI, was an emotional remembrance of the horse and the story that was the centerpiece of Nack’s career, Big Red’s run to the Triple Crown in the spring of 1973. Tim Layden,, "Remembering William Nack: A Passionate, Personable Master of His Craft," 14 Apr. 2018 Directed by Ellen Goldfarb, New Wave: Dare To Be Different is an engrossing, emotional and educational remembrance of the frequency 92.7 FM that powered the youth of the New York City suburbs during the Reagan and Bush years. Ron Hart, Billboard, "'New Wave: Dare To Be Different' Shines a Light on Influential Long Island Radio Station During the '80s," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of remembrance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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