[ mem-wahr, -wawr ]
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  1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.

  2. 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.

  1. a biography or biographical sketch.

Origin of memoir

First recorded in 1560–70; from French mémoire, from Latin memoria; see memory

Other words for memoir

2a journal, recollections, reminiscences
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British Dictionary definitions for memoir


/ (ˈmɛmwɑː) /

  1. a biography or historical account, esp one based on personal knowledge

  2. an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic

  1. obsolete a memorandum

Origin of memoir

C16: from French, from Latin memoria memory

Derived forms of memoir

  • memoirist, noun

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