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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Miller will talk about his campaign and answer criticism for attending a fundraising event rather than the two-year remembrance ceremony at Pulse nightclub in June. Hal Boedeker,, "Jeff Greene, John Mina: Weekend TV guests," 5 July 2018 Bereaved families visit cemeteries and attend remembrance ceremonies. Fox News, "Israel, marking annual Memorial Day, comes to a standstill," 17 Apr. 2018 Adamski, who attended the remembrance ceremony with her daughter, hails from Oppeln — formerly in eastern Germany and now part of Poland, which before the Holocaust was home to about 500 Jews. Matthew Ormseth,, "Sen. Richard Blumenthal, West Hartford Congregation Gather To Remember Holocaust Survivors, Victims," 28 Jan. 2018 His barbs against the media came on a day when newsrooms across the U.S. held a moment of silence in remembrance of five Maryland newspaper staffers who were fatally shot last week by a man who authorities say held a grudge against the publication. Catherine Lucey And Matt Volz,, "Trump mocks media at Montana rally on same day newsrooms held moment of silence for slain journalists," 5 July 2018 In remembrance of Carol please make any contributions to the charity of your choice., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 By Chris Ochsner | Monty Davis | Shane Keyser During the ceremony, Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash wore two blue ribbons in remembrance of King and Rohrer. Robert A. Cronkleton, Glenn E. Rice, Ian Cummings, Katie Bernard And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Scenes from Wyandotte County's tribute to slain KCK deputies," 21 June 2018 Nearly 200 people had gathered for the vigil in remembrance of Calhoun when an argument broke out. Christian Boone, ajc, "Vigil shootout leaves Thomasville Heights feeling under siege," 14 June 2018 There will be a celebration of Jerry's life on Friday, June 15th, at the VFW 36 Fairview St., in Windsor Locks, CT beginning at 2:00 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to join in and participate in the remembrance of Jerry's life. Hartford Courant,, "Gerard A. Cote," 14 June 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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