[ rem-nuhnt ]
/ ˈrɛm nənt /


a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.
a fragment or scrap.
a small, unsold or unused piece of cloth, lace, etc., as at the end of a bolt.
a trace; vestige: remnants of former greatness.


remaining; leftover.

Origin of remnant

1300–50; Middle English remna(u)nt, contraction of remenant < Old French, present participle of remenoir to remain

Related forms

rem·nant·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for remnant


/ (ˈrɛmnənt) /


(often plural) a part left over after use, processing, etc
a surviving trace or vestige, as of a former eraa remnant of imperialism
a piece of material from the end of a roll, sold at a lower price


remaining; left over

Word Origin for remnant

C14: from Old French remenant remaining, from remanoir to remain
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