re·​mem·​brance | \ ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s 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

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During the ceremony, Kate and Meghan both took part in one minute of silence and watched as their husbands, alongside the brothers' father, Prince Charles, laid down wreaths in remembrance of all of Britain's veterans. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Honored Veterans Together for Remembrance Day," 11 Nov. 2018 On behalf of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles laid today's first wreath at the Cenotaph, in remembrance of all those who died: For more royals and can't-miss fashion and beauty news, sign up for the Harper's BAZAAR Newsletter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Attends Remembrance Day Service Alongside Queen Elizabeth," 11 Nov. 2018 To mark the atrocity's anniversary, a series of remembrance events took place across the city culminating in a mass sing-along. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Manchester Unites in Song to Remember Victims of Ariana Grande Arena Bombing," 22 May 2018 In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the @WhiteHouse. Kate Sullivan, CNN, "Four presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush," 22 Apr. 2018 His sister, Andrea Reedus-Pride, set up a remembrance page seeking donations on the social media fundraising site GoFundMe. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Family of Cleveland's "Sax Man," inundated with outpouring of appreciation, now seeks funds for his funeral," 17 Apr. 2018 Holocaust remembrance advocates and educators, who agree that no book, film or traditional exhibition can compare to the voice of a survivor, dread the day when none are left to tell their stories. Sari Botton, Longreads, "You Can’t ‘Never Forget’ the Holocaust if You Haven’t Learned About It," 13 Apr. 2018 As the clock ticks toward 5 p.m., about the time the crash happened, two police officers lay a remembrance plaque between bouquets. Greg Bishop,, "The Valley of Darkness," 13 Apr. 2018 Kor hit her lowest point, post Auschwitz, in 1986, during a Holocaust remembrance at the U.S. Capitol. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Eva Kor as we've never seen her: Film adds layers to story of Indiana Holocaust survivor," 2 Apr. 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 \

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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to gather or build up little by little

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