memoir
noun Etymology: Middle French memoire, from memoire memory, from Latin memoria Date: 1571 1. an official note or report ; memorandum 2. a. a narrative composed from personal experience b. autobiography — usually used in plural c. biography 3. a. an account of something noteworthy ; report b. plural the record of the proceedings of a learned society • memoirist noun

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  • memoir — [mem′wär΄, mem′wôr΄] n. [Fr mémoire, masc., a memorandum, memoir, fem., memory < L memoria,MEMORY] 1. a biography, usually one written by someone who knew the subject well 2. [pl.] an autobiography, esp. one that is objective and anecdotal in… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • memoir — index account (report), memorandum, recollection, story (narrative) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • memoir — (n.) early 15c., written record, from Anglo Fr. memorie note, memorandum, something written to be kept in mind (early 15c., O.Fr. memoire), from L. memoria (see MEMORY (Cf. memory)). Meaning person s written account of his life is from 1670s …   Etymology dictionary

  • memoir — *biography, life, autobiography, confessions …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

  • Memoir — For other uses, see Memoir (disambiguation). A memoir (from French: mémoire / Latin: memoria, meaning memory, or reminiscence), is a literary genre, forming a subclass of autobiography – although the terms memoir and autobiography are almost… …   Wikipedia

  • memoir — noun (sometimes memoirs) ADJECTIVE ▪ personal ▪ a personal memoir of these important events ▪ childhood ▪ O Connor published a childhood memoir. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • 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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