remnant

noun
rem·​nant | \ ˈrem-nənt How to pronounce remnant (audio) \

Definition of remnant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually small part, member, or trace remaining
b : a small surviving group often used in plural
2 : an unsold or unused end of piece goods

remnant

adjective

Definition of remnant (Entry 2 of 2)

: still remaining

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Examples of remnant in a Sentence

Noun Remnants go on sale next week. sailed home with just a remnant of the colony's original population aboard
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mysterious structures, joined together in an hourglass-like shape and spewing radio waves, are thought to be the remnants of a vast cosmic explosion that occurred in our galaxy some 7 million years ago. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Huge, mysterious 'bubbles' discovered at the heart of the Milky Way," 16 Sep. 2019 Regarding the buildings on the Mt. Woodson property, Lubich said two of the structures are remnants of the California Conservation Corps. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners review Woodson parking, evacuation plan," 13 Sep. 2019 Today, travelers can pay a visit to these former stops along the Amber Road, where there are still remnants of past trading and some monumental amber creations. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow the Ancient Amber Road," 29 Aug. 2019 Just next to them are Helheim’s remnants — sea ice, snow and icebergs — forming a mostly white expanse, with a mishmash of shapes and textures. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 Just next to them are Helheim’s remnants — sea ice, snow and icebergs — forming a mostly white expanse, with a mishmash of shapes and textures. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 20 Aug. 2019 Just next to them are Helheim’s remnants — sea ice, snow and icebergs — forming a mostly white expanse, with a mishmash of shapes and textures. Seth Borenstein, Los Angeles Times, "Greenland’s glaciers are melting. It’s as if Earth’s refrigerator door were left open," 20 Aug. 2019 Just next to them are Helheim’s remnants — sea ice, snow and icebergs — forming a mostly white expanse, with a mishmash of shapes and textures. Seth Borenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 20 Aug. 2019 Neutron stars are the smallest in the universe, the remnants of supernovae. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Black hole gobbles up neutron star, causing ripples in space and time," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While it was believed to have gone extinct by 1940, a small remnant population of the plant held on. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Once Thought to Be Extinct, This Lucky Clover Has Recovered Enough to Come Off the Endangered List," 16 Sep. 2019 Boshart has recently been leading strolls through the rat’s remnant kingdom of buckwheat, yuccas, sage and soft, loose sand on the northern edge of Rialto in San Bernardino County, to win more support for her cause. Los Angeles Times, "This rat is foiling developers’ plans to capitalize on a weaker Endangered Species Act," 22 Aug. 2019 Around Lake Erie, only remnant populations of sturgeon spawn in the Niagara River and Detroit River watersheds. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Mighty sturgeon spawning in cleaner Cuyahoga River? Sewer district studies the possibility," 8 July 2019 As for floods, record-breaking rainfall in Oklahoma and Kansas resulted in historic flooding throughout the Arkansas River Basin, along with remnant flooding in the Missouri and Mississippi River basins. USA Today, "Before-and-after satellite images show tornado and flood damage in central US," 6 June 2019 Proof of the mitochondrion’s origins survives in the remnant genome that mitochondria still carry — a small ring of DNA very much like that in bacteria. Quanta Magazine, "Genetic Struggles Within Cells May Create New Species," 27 Sep. 2017 The first named storm of the Pacific season, Tropical Storm Aletta, weakened on Monday into remnant low-pressure system in the Pacific, far from the Mexican coast. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Bud now a Category 3 storm, forecast to weaken before hitting Mexico's Baja," 2 Oct. 2018 The first named storm of the Pacific season, Tropical Storm Aletta, weakened on Monday into remnant low-pressure system in the Pacific, far from the Mexican coast. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Bud now a Category 3 storm, forecast to weaken before hitting Mexico's Baja," 2 Oct. 2018 The first named storm of the Pacific season, Tropical Storm Aletta, weakened on Monday into remnant low-pressure system in the Pacific, far from the Mexican coast. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Bud now a Category 3 storm, forecast to weaken before hitting Mexico's Baja," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of remnant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remnant

Noun

Middle English, contraction of remenant, from Anglo-French remanant, from present participle of remaindre to remain — more at remain entry 1

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

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remnant

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English Language Learners Definition of remnant

: the part of something that is left when the other parts are gone
: a small piece of cloth that is left after the rest of the cloth has been sold

remnant

noun
rem·​nant | \ ˈrem-nənt How to pronounce remnant (audio) \

Kids Definition of remnant

: something that remains or is left over a remnant of cloth

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