re·​mind·​er ri-ˈmīn-dər How to pronounce reminder (audio)
plural reminders
: one that reminds: such as
: something that calls a memory or thought to the mind
a picture that's a reminder of happier times
There were reminders of him everywhere. Whenever she heard music, or when she played the guitar he had given her, Felicity thought of her grandfather's gravelly voice singing along, happily out of tune.Valerie Tripp
Now a quarter of mortgaged American homes are underwater, and movie montages about cashmere sheets are an irksome reminder of how we can't afford them.Sarah Ball
: something (such as a note or notification) designed to prompt or aid the memory
She wrote a reminder about the meeting in her calendar.
I run the risk of missing a reminder because I often silence my phone when I am on the air or recording in the studio.Cat Wilson

Examples of reminder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But to some analysts, Mr. Navalny’s death is a reminder that Mr. Putin’s power may be more tenuous than meets the eye. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The Takeaway The entry of celebrities into LinkedIn is a reminder that this platform's potential is vast and varied. Ana Bubolea, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Strewn confetti and overturned barricades were visual reminders of the deadly tragedy that unfolded Wednesday afternoon. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 This loss against the Clippers served as a reminder of how thin the line is between their old selves and the new. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 The ashes are a reminder of the mortality of life, Wenski said after mass. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 The Ravens suffered that painful reminder in their 17-10 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC championship game despite having the best regular-season record at 13-4. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 But this recent sighting, right off the northwest coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, is the furthest south the species has ever been documented—and a reminder of the growing threat that invasive species pose to Antarctica’s fragile ecosystem, especially as the climate continues to warm. Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 As has become customary, the 2024 Grammys was largely about the performances, with a handful of awards thrown in as if a reminder. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reminder was in 1614

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“Reminder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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