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 three council members who pulled out of the meeting said the proclamation contained remnants of a resolution from 2017 that was the basis for a divisive recall against three council members. Author: Renee Gross, Anchorage Daily News, "Homer council members boycott meeting over mayor’s ‘Pride Month’ proclamation," 13 June 2018 Kaihoi even pieced together remnants of wallpapers he’d purchased at auction. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "How an Uninhabitable "Dump" Became a Stunning Family Home in the East Village," 11 May 2018 In another project, a trove of bronze coins, the last remnants of an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were recently discovered near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. James Rogers, Fox News, "Exquisite ancient mosaic uncovered in Israel," 31 July 2018 Publix plans to close all three Safeway stores in September, eliminating the last remnants of the Albertsons presence in Florida. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Publix will buy, close Safeway stores in Altamonte Springs, two others in Florida," 28 June 2018 Zobel doesn’t wish to inadvertently damage what remains of Hambach, the last remnant of a sylvan ecosystem that has occupied this part of the Rhine River plain between Aachen and Cologne since the end of the last ice age. National Geographic, "Ancient Forest Home of Squatter Communities Is Doomed by Coal," 13 Apr. 2018 By the same token, says Mr Kang, the downfall of Ms Park and Mr Lee may help purge the last remnants of authoritarianism. The Economist, "Cases against two ex-presidents of South Korea fits an alarming pattern," 5 Apr. 2018 The last remnants lived on Russia's Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean, where they were decimated by hunters a mere 4,000 years ago. Anchorage Daily News, "Book review: Fascinating science gets buried in ‘Woolly’," 21 Jan. 2018 There is Kayla, who has left home but can’t rid herself of the toxic remnants of her once-worshipful relationship with her snake-handler preacher father, and Nelda, her mother, whose faith is tried in a different way. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Taking Up Serpents’ and ‘Dear Erich’ Reviews: Operas Haunted by the Past," 15 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In any case, these remnant references offer an enticing hint behind the scenes into Sony's decision-making process and a glimpse of what could have been for the flawed retro plug-and-play box. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 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 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 Croatia and Slovenia, both former parts of Yugoslavia, have entered the EU, and other remnant states have begun the process of joining, bolstering Germany’s influence in the Balkans. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "U.S. and EU—but Not Germany— Support Land Swap in Balkans," 29 Sep. 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

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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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