[ mem-uh-ran-duhm ]
See synonyms for: memorandummemorandamemorandums on

noun,plural mem·o·ran·dums, mem·o·ran·da [mem-uh-ran-duh]. /ˌmɛm əˈræn də/.
  1. a short note designating something to be remembered, especially something to be done or acted upon in the future; reminder.

  2. a record or written statement of something.

  1. an informal message, especially one sent between two or more employees of the same company, concerning company business: an interoffice memorandum.

  2. Law. a writing, usually informal, containing the terms of a transaction.

  3. Diplomacy. a summary of the state of an issue, the reasons for a decision agreed on, etc.

  4. 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

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin: something to be noted, noun use of neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorāre to mention, tell

Other words from memorandum

  • pre·mem·o·ran·dum, noun, plural pre·mem·o·ran·dums, pre·mem·o·ran·da.

Words Nearby memorandum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use memorandum in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for memorandum


/ (ˌmɛməˈrændəm) /

nounplural -dums or -da (-də)
  1. a written statement, record, or communication such as within an office

  2. a note of things to be remembered

  1. an informal diplomatic communication, often unsigned: often summarizing the point of view of a government

  2. law a short written summary of the terms of a transaction

Origin of memorandum

C15: from Latin: (something) to be remembered
  • Often (esp for senses 1, 2) shortened to: memo

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