- a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
- Usually memoirs.
- 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.
Origin of memoir
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Related Wordsessay, autobiography, account, memory, treatise, chronicle, journal, anecdote, life, reminiscence, note, recollection, diary, thesis, narrative, biography, dissertation, register, discourse, monograph
Examples from the Web for memoir
What made you want to write a memoir now about your “addiction” to film?
The memoir follows Oswalt from 1995 to 1999 as he was starting out on his comedy career in Los Angeles.
The woman in question, meanwhile, has business of her own to take care of—she is reported to be shopping a memoir.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
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
January 4, 2015
Now, the goalkeeper is out with a memoir about his life until that point: The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
Some day I hope there may be a Memoir of him; for none has yet appeared.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
From time to time he sent a memoir to the Academie des Sciences at Paris.The Fortune of the Rougons
Many of these are recounted in a later portion of this memoir.Tales of Fishes
Then, why did you not address a memoir to that effect to the Minister?'Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
In the Memoir this action is by mistake attributed to the Count.Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters
William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
- a biography or historical account, esp one based on personal knowledge
- an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic
- obsolete a memorandum
Word Origin and History for memoir
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.