re·​mem·​brance | \ ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s How to pronounce remembrance (audio) 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
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 Every year, June 19 marks Juneteenth, a day of remembrance of the African American culture, specifically Emancipation Day. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2021 Recently, reader Stacy Reece sent me her own remembrance of passalong plants. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 4 June 2021 Local newspaper Ming Pao last week published an article suggesting that residents write the numbers six and four on their light switches – a nod to the June 4 date – so each flip of the switch is also an act of remembrance. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2021 Local newspaper Ming Pao last week published an article suggesting that residents write the numbers six and four on their light switches — a nod to the June 4 date — so each flip of the switch is also an act of remembrance. Fox News, 3 June 2021 Central Middle School student David McCoy read General Logan’s Orders No. 11, which proclaimed a national day of remembrance in 1868 for Civil War veterans. Gloria Casas,, 1 June 2021 The Carter Smith VFW Post 5867 holds a ceremony of remembrance at 1 p.m. Monday in the post’s canteen, 12650 Lindo Lane. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2021 The voice scattered in the echo of remembrance, waves rippled in concentric circles in the park’s lake into which, listening or not listening, one or the other of us would occasionally throw a rock. Claudio Magris, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also posted their own remembrance on their social media channels. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 14 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Remembrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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