- a short note designating something to be remembered, especially something to be done or acted upon in the future; reminder.
- a record or written statement of something.
- an informal message, especially one sent between two or more employees of the same company, concerning company business: an interoffice memorandum.
- Law. a writing, usually informal, containing the terms of a transaction.
- Diplomacy. a summary of the state of an issue, the reasons for a decision agreed on, etc.
- a document transferring title to goods but authorizing the return of the goods to the seller at the option of the buyer.
Origin of memorandum
Related Words for memorandaannouncement, notice, directive, memo, diary, letter, message, notation, chit, record, dispatch, epistle, reminder, missive, minute, tickler, jotting
Examples from the Web for memoranda
Contemporary Examples of memoranda
Mandery knows when to be pithy and when to go long, like in passages about the subtleties of memoranda.This Week’s Hot Reads: August 19, 2013
August 19, 2013
That said, it provided the court with classified emails, memoranda, contracts, and photos.Exclusive: Court Docs Reveal Blackwater’s Secret CIA Past
March 14, 2013
Parts of the memoranda were withdrawn in 2005 and the Obama administration has repudiated their contents.Is Leon Panetta Covering Up Torture?
April 8, 2009
Historical Examples of memoranda
William did so and I gave the driver the address from my memoranda.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
The above may serve as memoranda of the duties which will claim your chief attention.The Cavalry General
Bobby had seen the memoranda for the supper, and had advised her in regard to some of the details.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
He had no letters, memoranda in his pockets, bearing his name.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
He added that the "Memoranda" was not necessarily a humorous department.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- a written statement, record, or communication such as within an office
- a note of things to be remembered
- an informal diplomatic communication, often unsigned: often summarizing the point of view of a government
- law a short written summary of the terms of a transaction
Word Origin for memorandum
early 15c., from Latin memorandum "(thing) to be remembered," neuter singular of memorandus "worthy of remembrance, noteworthy," gerundive of memorare "to call to mind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory). Originally a word written at the top of a note, by 1540s it came to stand for the note itself. The Latin plural is memoranda. Cf. also agenda.