Origin of remnant
Examples from the Web for remnant
My dad had worked for a while as a ranch hand, and his “Open Road” was a remnant of those days.
A frayed, foreshortened square of cloth is produced, a remnant of some great emotion.
It was a remnant of an older era of country song and show, without irony or drama.Kitty Wells, The Girl Singer Who Became Country’s Queen|Laura Cantrell|July 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“A remnant of you worries the same way you did when they were teenagers,” she says.Boomerang Moms: When Mommy Returns to Deal With ‘Adultescents’|Sally Koslow|June 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His arms are covered in tattoos, and he speaks with a bit of a lisp—a remnant, he says, of his California upbringing.Hunter Moore, Creator of ‘Revenge Porn’ Website Is Anyone Up?, Is the Internet’s Public Enemy No. 1|Marlow Stern|March 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There existed in his victory a remnant of defiance and of combat.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
Captain Jekyl threw away the remnant of his cigar, with a little movement of pettishness, and began to whistle an opera air.St. Ronan's Well|Sir Walter Scott
Within a few days the remnant of the defeated fleet had been surrendered or burned at its anchors.Famous Sea Fights|John Richard Hale
It was on that day the remnant of his army went into camp at the Great Meadows.Elsie and Her Namesakes|Martha Finley
The abbey walls surround the churchyard, but almost the only other remnant is a single Decorated arch.
British Dictionary definitions for remnant
Word Origin for remnant
Word Origin and History for remnant
late 14c., contraction of remenant (c.1300), from Old French remanant "rest, remainder, surplus," noun use of present participle of remanoir "to remain" (see remain (v.)). Specific sense of "end of a piece of drapery, cloth, etc." is recorded from early 15c. An Old English word for "remnant" was endlaf.