Origin of remembrance

1300–50; Middle English < Old French; see remember, -ance
Related formsnon·re·mem·brance, noun

Synonyms for remembrance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remembrance

Contemporary Examples of remembrance

Historical Examples of remembrance

  • As for me, the remembrance of my fiancée this evening threw me into a reckless mood.

  • Not one went without carrying a remembrance of the abbé's strong arm, for he spared no one.

  • In vain do I bring to remembrance my successful acts of temerity on many occasions; I can't think of attempting them now.

    Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4

    Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

  • May He be born again and born daily in our hearts, already touched by that remembrance and consecrated by its meaning.

    Marm Lisa

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • In that final absorption all remembrance of its past experiences is lost.

British Dictionary definitions for remembrance



the act of remembering or state of being remembered
something that is remembered; reminiscence
a memento or keepsake
the extent in time of one's power of recollection
  1. the act of honouring some past event, person, etc
  2. (as modifier)a remembrance service
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Word Origin and History for remembrance

c.1300, "a memory, recollection," from Old French remembrance (11c.), from remembrer (see remember). From late 14c. as "consideration, reflection; present consciousness of a past event; store of personal experiences available to recollection, capacity to recall the past." Also late 14c. as "memento, keepsake, souvenir," and "a commemoration, remembering, ritual of commemoration." Meaning "faculty of memory, capability of remembering" is early 15c.

British Remembrance Day, the Sunday nearest Nov. 11 (originally in memory of the dead of World War I) is attested from 1921. A remembrancer (early 15c.) was a royal official of the Exchequer tasked with recording and collecting debts due to the Crown; hence also, figuratively "Death" (late 15c.).

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