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memoir

[mem-wahr, -wawr] /ˈmɛm wɑr, -wɔr/
noun
1.
a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
2.
Usually, memoirs.
  1. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
  2. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
3.
a biography or biographical sketch.
Origin of memoir
1560-1570
1560-70; < French mémoire < Latin memoria; see memory
Synonyms
2a. journal, recollections, reminiscences.
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  • He says in his memoirs that the only persons she could then trust were himself and Mdlle.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • I often saw him afterwards, and now and again we shall meet him in the pages of my memoirs.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • But in these memoirs I have put on one side all that touches the inner part of my life.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I will include it in these memoirs, as it cannot but prove entertaining.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • What would be the use of memoirs from which sincerity were absent?

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
British Dictionary definitions for memoirs

memoirs

/ˈmɛmwɑːz/
plural noun
1.
a collection of reminiscences about a period, series of events, etc, written from personal experience or special sources
2.
an autobiographical record
3.
a collection or record, as of transactions of a society, etc

memoir

/ˈmɛmwɑː/
noun
1.
a biography or historical account, esp one based on personal knowledge
2.
an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic
3.
(obsolete) a memorandum
Derived Forms
memoirist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Latin memoriamemory
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Word Origin and History for memoirs
n.

"personal record of events," 1650s, plural of memoir.

memoir

n.

early 15c., "written record," from Anglo-French memorie "note, memorandum, something written to be kept in mind" (early 15c., Old French memoire), from Latin memoria (see memory). Meaning "person's written account of his life" is from 1670s.

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