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



Definition of remnant (Entry 2 of 2)

: still remaining

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 Our trail was the remnant of an old mining road that the Spanish had once used to ferry silver. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Panthers roamed the whole Southeast, but by the middle of the 20th century hunting and habitat loss had reduced them to a tiny remnant in the Everglades. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 July 2021 Meanwhile, from afar, Perseverance has spied fine layering in Séítah’s ridges, including a prominent 40-meter-tall plateau dubbed Kodiak that is, in all likelihood, a remnant of the delta’s further reach into the lakebed. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 21 July 2021 Another possibility is that Earendel is, at its core, a black hole - the remnant of a massive individual star that has collapsed. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2022 Mistletoe removed from a tree will resprout from the remnant of the haustoria a few years later. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 Some astronomers speculate that such a low-dark-matter galaxy could be the remnant of a pair of bigger galaxies tugging at each other with their gravitational pull during a close flyby, leaving a puffy blob of stars and gas in their wake. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 7 Jan. 2022 For decades, astronomers assumed that just such a smear was coming from a nearby object — perhaps the remnant of a long-ago supernova. Michael Moyer, Quanta Magazine, 22 Dec. 2021 In the end, the Automat’s initial and longstanding appeal as a gleaming, ultra-modern taste of the future became a remnant of yesterday. Michael Phillips,, 2 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Baffert sued the racing commission last June, seeking custody of remnant samples of Medina Spirit’s blood and urine for subsequent testing to prove that the steroid did not come from an injection. Gary B. Graves, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Feb. 2022 Baffert sued the racing commission last June, seeking custody of remnant samples of Medina Spirit’s blood and urine for subsequent testing to prove that the steroid did not come from an injection. oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2022 In recent years, scientists concluded that the mass and density estimates aren't consistent with an entirely metallic remnant core. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2022 Someday, the thinking went, the gunman could go on trial, and prosecutors might want to take jurors there to witness the remnant horrors of the tragedy from Feb. 14, 2018. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Stellar collisions can increase the mass of the remnant star, and more massive stars burn brighter and hotter, producing more energy. Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 The land is considered a remnant prairie, a rare throwback to the days before European settlement when buffalo roamed freely. Nara Schoenberg,, 1 Mar. 2022 In a sinkhole near Cobá, Mexico, roughly 45 minutes from Tulum, the research team found several ceramic modeled cacao pods, the arm and bracelet of a figurine attached to an incense jar and remnant cacao trees, according to BYU News. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 The shower is adorned with a mosaic of colorful patterned tiles that Rachel sourced from the remnant pile at a local tile manufacturer. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of remnant


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


1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remnant


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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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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