- a summing up; summary.
- a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
Origin of résumé
- a short descriptive summary, as of events
- US and Canadian another name for curriculum vitae
- to begin again or go on with (something adjourned or interrupted)
- (tr) to occupy again, take back, or recoverto resume one's seat; to resume possession
- (tr) to assume (a title, office, etc) againto resume the presidency
- archaic to summarize; make a résumé of
Word Origin and History for résumé
early 15c., "to regain, take back;" mid-15c., "recommence, continue, begin again after interruption," from Middle French resumer (14c.) and directly from Latin resumere "take again, take up again, assume again," from re- "again" (see re-) + sumere "take up" (cf. assume). Meaning "begin again" is mid-15c. Intransitive sense "proceed after interruption" is from 1802. Related: Resumed; resuming.
also résumé, 1804, "a summary," from French résumé, noun use of past participle of Middle French resumer "to sum up," from Latin resumere (see resume (v.)). Meaning "biographical summary of a person's career" is 1940s.