Memoir
Memoir Mem"oir, or pl. Memoirs Mem"oirs, n. [F. m['e]moire, m., memorandum, fr. m['e]moire, f., memory, L. memoria. See {Memory}.] 1. A memorial account; a history composed from personal experience and memory; an account of transactions or events (usually written in familiar style) as they are remembered by the writer. See {History}, 2. [1913 Webster]

2. A memorial of any individual; a biography; often, a biography written without special regard to method and completeness. [1913 Webster]

3. An account of something deemed noteworthy; an essay; a record of investigations of any subject; the journals and proceedings of a society. [1913 Webster]


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  • memoir — [n] record of experiences account, anecdote, annal, autobiography, bio*, biography, chronicle, confessions, diary, discourse, dissertation, essay, journal, life, life story, memory, monograph, narrative, note, recollection, register, reminiscence …   New thesaurus

  • memoir — ► NOUN 1) a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge. 2) (memoirs) an account written by a public figure of their life and experiences. ORIGIN French mémoire memory …   English terms dictionary

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  • memoir — /mem wahr, wawr/, n. 1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation. 2. Usually, memoirs. a. an account of one s personal life and experiences; autobiography. b. the published record… …   Universalium

  • memoir — [[t]me̱mwɑː(r)[/t]] memoirs 1) N PLURAL: usu with poss A person s memoirs are a written account of the people who they have known and events that they remember. If you ve read my earlier memoirs you ll know all about it... In his memoirs, De… …   English dictionary

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