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

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Out of a remembrance of things past, Kennedy Fraser writes, come the design ideas of an ultra-modern connoisseur. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 Thank you for an excellent Father’s Day remembrance. Adam Tschorn,, "Image Letters: Readers share their own memories of Old Spice — and their fathers," 20 June 2018 Former President Bill Clinton speaks last week at a remembrance of Robert F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bill Clinton talks politics and cybersecurity in S.A. appearance," 11 June 2018 Maricopa County Attorney and veteran Bill Montgomery delivers the keynote address at a Memorial Day remembrance at the Mesa Cemetery on May 28, 2018. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Soldier killed in Somalia was 26-year-old from Chandler, Department of Defense says," 10 June 2018 On this day of remembrance, please consider honoring the children and staff killed at Sandy Hook on December 14, 2012, by donating to one of the foundations listed on My Sandy Hook Family, a site created by the victims’ families. Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 Dec. 2018 The artists created 20-minute works staged in three different studios; though discrete and nonnarrative, the sections are linked by themes of life, relationship, loss and remembrance of things past. Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jenkins and collaborators immerse the audience in ‘Toward 45’," 18 May 2018 Mark Curnutte At least four Cincinnati churches will take part in an international remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Wednesday by ringing their bells at 7:05 p.m. Bells will start ringing a few minutes earlier in Memphis, Tennessee. Cameron Knight,, "Four Cincinnati churches will ring bells for Martin Luther King, Jr. Wednesday night," 4 Apr. 2018 In assigning Zélie the gift of drawing strength from remembrance of the dead, Adeyemi taps into a capacity that has become so important for black protest today. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Where Fantasy Meets Black Lives Matter," 6 Mar. 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 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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