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memoir

[ mem-wahr, -wawr ]
/ ˈmɛm wɑr, -wɔr /
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noun
a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
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.
a biography or biographical sketch.

OTHER WORDS FOR memoir

2a journal, recollections, reminiscences.
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Origin of memoir

1560–70; <French mémoire<Latin memoria;see memory
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British Dictionary definitions for memoir

memoir
/ (ˈmɛmwɑː) /

noun
a biography or historical account, esp one based on personal knowledge
an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic
obsolete a memorandum

Derived forms of memoir

memoirist, noun

Word Origin for memoir

C16: from French, from Latin memoria memory
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