- 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
Examples from the Web for memorandum
The United States cannot simply walk away from the plain meaning of the Budapest Memorandum and leave Ukraine in the lurch.Obama Must Show He’ll Use Military Means to Deter Russia in Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 30, 2014
The memorandum begins by referring to the letter of “100 liberal American Jewish leaders.”How To Shrink The Pro-Israel Tent
Brent E. Sasley
April 9, 2013
I made a memorandum of the amount, which you're welcome to see.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Here is a memorandum and a plan describing how they are to be applied.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
The last entry was the only memorandum that had any interest for him.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
There was no memorandum of the taking on of such an impossible number of passengers.Pariah Planet
He entered 320 the names and numbers of the bonds in his memorandum book.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- 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 and History 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.