remnant

noun
rem·​nant | \ ˈrem-nənt \

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

Any remnants of the EoR are valuable for studying the universe in its earliest days. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Have Spotted Some of the Oldest Light in the Universe," 10 Jan. 2019 Having now spent nearly the same amount of time in the top flight, the remnants of their last promotion squad are all but gone. SI.com, "West Brom's Premier League Success Has Hindered Their Ability to Bounce Back From Relegation," 1 June 2018 On a brisk, sunny April day, near the sparkling James River, historians were excavating beneath the 1907-built, brick Memorial Church, searching for remnants of the church where Virginia's first General Assembly convened in 1619. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "Archaeology is changing history at Jamestown, first permanent English settlement in North America," 18 Apr. 2018 Except the bodies in the Kuiper Belt are thought to be incredibly primitive — leftover remnants from the birth of the Solar System. Loren Grush, The Verge, "On New Year’s Day, a spacecraft will zoom by the most distant object humanity has ever visited," 27 Dec. 2018 In the nearby town of Amesbury, local woman Dawn Sturgess died and her boyfriend Charlie Rowley was sickened after the couple came across remnants of the poison in June. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Kremlin slams accusations of Russian involvement in ex-spy poisoning, calls them ‘unacceptable’," 6 Sep. 2018 Iraq claimed victory over Islamic State more than a year ago but the remnants of the group have reverted to insurgency. Isabel Coles And Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "As Mideast Allies Fret Over U.S. Support, Pompeo Makes Surprise Stop in Iraq," 9 Jan. 2019 That’s the possibility that Credence is actually Ariana herself, or some remnant of her soul. Aja Romano, Vox, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s bonkers plot twist, explained," 17 Nov. 2018 See a cricket game or take a polo lesson Again, Barbados was a British colony for over 300 years, and remnants of the culture are everywhere—particularly in the realm of sport. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018

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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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 \

Kids Definition of remnant

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

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