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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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  • Already has the name of Menestheus occurred in these memoirs.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • A wit of this country asked me for the memoirs of the French Academy.

  • This book would be regarded by my correspondent as he regards my "memoirs," and its publication has been interdicted in England.

  • Both at least have left these opinions on record in letters and memoirs.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • It must be noted that La Marche's reflections upon the extravagance of the entertainment occur also in Escouchy's memoirs.

    Charles the Bold Ruth Putnam
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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