[ ni-mon-iks ]
/ nɪˈmɒn ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the process or technique of improving or developing the memory.

Nearby words

  1. mne,
  2. mneme,
  3. mnemenic,
  4. mnemic,
  5. mnemonic,
  6. mnemosyne,
  7. mnesic,
  8. mnesicles,
  9. mnestic,
  10. mngr.

Origin of mnemonics

First recorded in 1700–10; see origin at mnemonic, -ics

Also called mne·mo·tech·nics [nee-moh-tek-niks] /ˌni moʊˈtɛk nɪks/.


[ ni-mon-ik ]
/ nɪˈmɒn ɪk /


assisting or intended to assist the memory.
pertaining to mnemonics or to memory.


something intended to assist the memory, as a verse or formula.
Computers. a programming code that is easy to remember, as STO for “store.”

Origin of mnemonic

1660–70; < Greek mnēmonikós of, relating to memory, equivalent to mnēmon- (stem of mnḗmōn) mindful + -ikos -ic

Related formsmne·mon·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confusedmnemonic pneumonic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mnemonics


/ (nɪˈmɒnɪks) /

noun (usually functioning as singular)

the art or practice of improving or of aiding the memory
a system of rules to aid the memory


/ (nɪˈmɒnɪk) /


aiding or meant to aid one's memory
of or relating to memory or mnemonics


something, such as a verse, to assist memory
Derived Formsmnemonically, adverb

Word Origin for mnemonic

C18: from Greek mnēmonikos, from mnēmōn mindful, from mnasthai to remember

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Word Origin and History for mnemonics
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Medicine definitions for mnemonics


[ nĭ-mŏnĭks ]


A system to develop or improve the memory.


[ nĭ-mŏnĭk ]


Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory.


A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.
Related formsmne•moni•cal•ly adv.

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