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 Timothy Kaldas, a nonresident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington, said such coverage is an attempt by the Sissi government to undermine any fond remembrances of Mubarak. Sudarsan Raghavan,, "Mubarak’s death elicits mixed emotions in Egypt," 25 Feb. 2020 AfD’s leader in Thuringia, Björn Höcke, who once told The Wall Street Journal Adolf Hitler couldn’t be called absolutely evil and has criticized his country’s culture of Holocaust remembrance, is seen as a radical even by many in his party. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "German Nativists Drive Wedge in Merkel’s Conservative Party," 6 Feb. 2020 The mantra of Holocaust remembrance has long been a simple one: Never forget. Stephanie Beach, Teen Vogue, "Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020: Anti-Semitism Is Still Poisoning Our Nation," 27 Jan. 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were among the leaders set to attend the World Holocaust Forum at the city's Yad Vesham Holocaust remembrance center. NBC News, "World leaders gather for Holocaust commemoration, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz," 23 Jan. 2020 These themes were present across remembrance events this year, which celebrated soldiers from allied nations and Commonwealth countries who fought for Britain in WWII. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "“Remember together”: A divided UK seeks unity on Remembrance Sunday," 10 Nov. 2019 Bowie State’s Student Government Association is planning to host a remembrance event for Nowlin around the beginning of the fall semester, which starts Aug. 26, according to a university spokeswoman. Lillian Reed,, "'Such a sudden loss ... impacts us all’: Bowie State University student killed in hit-and-run," 14 Aug. 2019 Sound designer Anthony Narciso’s original music does help set the mood, though, and the sound of a cold December London drizzle sent a chill of remembrance down my spine. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Christmas Carol,’ ‘Bedford Falls’ fail to set my heart aglow | Reviews," 3 Dec. 2019 The pregame featured remembrances of Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Pistons guard Spencer Dinwiddie destroys his old team, 125-115," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of remembrance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Remembrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 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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