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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Several hundred people were at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek for an upbeat, 90-minute remembrance of Tauscher, who died April 29 at the age of 67. John Wildermuth,, "Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher recalled as dedicated public servant and good friend," 6 June 2019 Thousands of tombstones bear that date in solemn remembrance of the warriors who went ashore that day. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Eternal gratitude for D-Day vets; Stapleton’s legacy; A plea for civility (6/6/19)," 6 June 2019 Mixing history lesson, entertainment and solemn remembrance, the ceremony was a large-scale spectacle involving troops, dancers and martial bands, culminating in a military fly-past. Danica Kirka, Time, "President Trump Joins World Leaders to Honor Veterans on D-Day Anniversary," 5 June 2019 Mixing history lesson, entertainment and solemn remembrance, the ceremony was a large-scale spectacle involving troops, dancers and martial bands, culminating in a military fly-past. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "World leaders honor veterans in commemoration of D-Day 75th anniversary," 5 June 2019 On Monday, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that city hall will light up pink on Sunday in remembrance of the girl, whose favorite color was pink. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston city hall to turn pink in honor of Maleah Davis as activists march to jail," 4 June 2019 Now this unexpected remembrance had morphed into the longest and largest mass protest... Orville Schell, WSJ, "Tiananmen: The Crackdown That Defined Modern China," 31 May 2019 What most of these back-in-the-day remembrances and fond reminiscences gloss over, though, is the sillier side of what is also known, for better or worse, known as the '90s. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Ray Gun—The Magazine That Defined the Alt-'90s—Lives Again," 23 May 2019 Saturday morning’s attack targeted Iran’s military display of might on a day of nationalistic pride and remembrance. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Separatists Launch Deadly Attack on Iranian Military Parade," 22 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of remembrance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of remembrance was in the 14th century

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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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