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
Recent Examples on the Web In remembrance of his service to the church, memorial contributions can be made to the Seth Tulman Memorial Fund, c/o Christ Church, 7 Elm St. Westerly., "Seth M. Tulman," 1 Dec. 2019 The Links will host a remembrance at 7 p.m.; The Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Omega, ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday. Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit community leader, entrepreneur Tanya Heidelberg-Yopp dies," 21 Nov. 2019 Sixteen years later, when Trotter died, Du Bois contributed a remembrance of him to the N.A.A.C.P. magazine, acknowledging their philosophical and tactical differences but also paying tribute to Trotter’s foresight. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Legacy of a Radical Black Newspaperman," 18 Nov. 2019 Before the teams meet in another semifinal this Saturday in Yokohama, there’ll be no avoiding remembrances of Lomu’s legacy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lomu’s legacy looms over NZ-England World Cup semifinal," 20 Oct. 2019 Following the ceremony, the group headed to the Top of the Bay restaurant for brunch and a special remembrance of each fallen service member. David Anderson,, "Aberdeen Proving Ground leaders honor 29 fallen service members for Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day," 8 Oct. 2019 The museum has organized a memorial website where anyone is invited to write a remembrance or post a photo of the beloved Dutch master. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "Wim Crouwel, the Dutch graphic-design legend who championed clarity above all, has died," 22 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, remembrances of some of those presumed dead are beginning to emerge, including five family members celebrating the father’s birthday. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A search for answers in the sea," 4 Sep. 2019 When the news of Banks’s death broke Sunday evening, colleagues, competitors and NFL teams alike tweeted out remembrances of Banks, who last week started a new job as an NFL writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Jenny Vrentas,, "Don Banks Remembered As a Trusted Scribe and a Voice of Reason," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of remembrance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jan 2020

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“Remembrance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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