a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
a biography or biographical sketch.
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How to use memoir in a sentence
Chasten’s memoir fits into the effort to build Pete Buttigieg’s political future.‘I Have Something to Tell You’ not typical, political puff piece | Kathi Wolfe | September 24, 2020 | Washington Blade
A Promised Land’s first run is significantly higher compared to past presidential memoirs, which set records at the time of their publication.The US doesn’t have enough printing capacity to meet demand for Obama’s new book | Karen Ho | September 17, 2020 | Quartz
The 768-page book is the most anticipated presidential memoir in memory, as much or more because of the quality of the writing than for any possible revelations.The first volume of Barack Obama’s long-awaited memoir finally has a release date | Rachel King | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
He tells Carlos that a memoir is on the way detailing the highs and lows of his NBA career.Could Grant Hill Have Been Better Than Michael Jordan? | Joshua Eferighe | August 20, 2020 | Ozy
Science writer Kate Greene couldn’t have known that her memoir about her time on a make-believe Mars mission would be published as millions of people on Earth isolated themselves in their homes for months amid a pandemic.Two new books explore Mars — and what it means to be human | Lisa Grossman | July 15, 2020 | Science News
What made you want to write a memoir now about your “addiction” to film?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire | William O’Connor | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The memoir follows Oswalt from 1995 to 1999 as he was starting out on his comedy career in Los Angeles.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire | William O’Connor | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The woman in question, meanwhile, has business of her own to take care of—she is reported to be shopping a memoir.
For years, Brooke even had trouble finding a publisher for his memoir, which was ultimately accepted by Rutgers University Press.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America | John Avlon | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now, the goalkeeper is out with a memoir about his life until that point: The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them.
The problem to be solved was a difficult one, as he pointed out in a memoir written for Clanclaux.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
In the biographical memoir of La Bruyre, I have only stated what is known of him, which is very little.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
At this time the family consisted of four sons and two daughters, besides the subject of this memoir.Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
Indeed, I was to find no difficulty in collecting the greatest abundance of material for a memoir.Papers from Overlook-House | Casper Almore
I am also aware that I may hereby cast a suspicion of the spirit of a wild projector, over the subject of this memoir.Papers from Overlook-House | Casper Almore
British Dictionary definitions for memoir
a biography or historical account, esp one based on personal knowledge
an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic
obsolete a memorandum
- memoirist, noun
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