- a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.
- a fragment or scrap.
- a small, unsold or unused piece of cloth, lace, etc., as at the end of a bolt.
- a trace; vestige: remnants of former greatness.
- remaining; leftover.
Origin of remnant
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Examples from the Web for remnant
My dad had worked for a while as a ranch hand, and his “Open Road” was a remnant of those days.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
A frayed, foreshortened square of cloth is produced, a remnant of some great emotion.Boys Don’t Cry: In Praise of Sentiment
Andrew Sean Greer
June 26, 2013
It was a remnant of an older era of country song and show, without irony or drama.Kitty Wells, The Girl Singer Who Became Country’s Queen
July 18, 2012
“A remnant of you worries the same way you did when they were teenagers,” she says.Boomerang Moms: When Mommy Returns to Deal With ‘Adultescents’
June 15, 2012
His arms are covered in tattoos, and he speaks with a bit of a lisp—a remnant, he says, of his California upbringing.Hunter Moore, Creator of ‘Revenge Porn’ Website Is Anyone Up?, Is the Internet’s Public Enemy No. 1
March 13, 2012
All that is left of the Cheyenne Bundle is now with the remnant of the tribe in Oklahoma.The Trail Book
When day broke they succeeded in wearing the ship with a remnant of the spritsail.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
I said, holding up his wrist where the remnant of the cord was hanging.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
We believe that, for many years, no remnant of it has existed in the United States.The Origin of Species
Thomas H. Huxley
In the forests the loggers were tearing and slashing into all but the remnant of the 96 timber.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- (often plural) a part left over after use, processing, etc
- a surviving trace or vestige, as of a former eraa remnant of imperialism
- a piece of material from the end of a roll, sold at a lower price
- remaining; left over
Word Origin and History for remnant
late 14c., contraction of remenant (c.1300), from Old French remanant "rest, remainder, surplus," noun use of present participle of remanoir "to remain" (see remain (v.)). Specific sense of "end of a piece of drapery, cloth, etc." is recorded from early 15c. An Old English word for "remnant" was endlaf.