memorandum
noun (plural -dums or memoranda) Etymology: Middle English, to be remembered, from Latin, neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorare Date: 15th century 1. an informal record; also a written reminder 2. an informal written note of a transaction or proposed instrument 3. a. an informal diplomatic communication b. a usually brief communication written for interoffice circulation c. a communication that contains directive, advisory, or informative matter Usage: Although some commentators warn against the use of memoranda as a singular and condemn the plural memorandas, our evidence indicates that these forms are rarely encountered in print. We have a little evidence of the confusion of forms, including use of memorandum as a plural, in speech (as at congressional hearings). As plurals memoranda and memorandums are about equally frequent.

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  • mémorandum — [ memɔrɑ̃dɔm ] n. m. • 1777; angl. memorandum, neutre subst. du lat. memorandus « qui doit être rappelé, mérite d être rappelé » 1 ♦ Note écrite, adressée par un agent diplomatique au gouvernement auprès duquel il est accrédité, pour exposer le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • memorandum — MEMORÁNDUM, memorandumuri, s.n. 1. Document diplomatic cuprinzând expunerea faptelor sau argumentelor juridice care privesc relaţiile dintre state şi formează sau vor forma obiectul unor tratative; memorial. 2. (înv.) Carnet, registru etc. pe… …   Dicționar Român

  • memorandum — mem‧o‧ran‧dum [ˌmeməˈrændəm] noun memoranda PLURALFORM [ də] or memorandums PLURALFORM [countable] 1. formal a …   Financial and business terms

  • memorandum — mem·o·ran·dum /ˌme mə ran dəm/ n pl dums or da / də/ 1: a usu. informal written communication 2: a record (as a note) which is used by a party seeking to enforce an otherwise oral agreement in accordance with the Statute of Frauds to prove that… …   Law dictionary

  • Memorandum — Sn erw. fach. (19. Jh.) Neoklassische Bildung. Entlehnt aus ne. memorandum Vermerk zur Erinnerung , übernommen aus dem Gerundivum von l. memorāre erinnern .    Ebenso nndl. memorandum, ne. memorandum, nfrz. mémorandum, nschw. memorandum, nnorw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Memorandum — Mem o*ran dum, n.; pl. E. {Memorandums}, L. {Memoranda}. [L., something to be remembered, neut. of memorandus, fut. pass. p. of memorare. See {Memorable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • memorandum — (n.) early 15c., from L. memorandum (thing) to be remembered, neuter singular of memorandus worthy of remembrance, noteworthy, gerundive of memorare to call to mind, from memor mindful of (see MEMORY (Cf. memory)). Originally a word written at… …   Etymology dictionary

  • memorândum — s. m. O mesmo que memorando. • Plural: memorânduns.   ‣ Etimologia: latim memorandum, neutro de memorandus, a, um, que deve ser lembrado, gerundivo de memoro, are, lembrar …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • memorándum — (Del lat. memorandum, cosa que debe recordarse). 1. m. Comunicación diplomática, menos solemne que la memoria y la nota, por lo común no firmada, en que se recapitulan hechos y razones para que se tengan presentes en un asunto grave. 2. Informe… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Memorandum — (lat.), etwas zu Notierendes, eine Denkschrift; ein dazu bestimmtes Buch (Memorandenbuch, Memorial); insbes. auch die in Seeversicherungspolicen enthaltene Aufzählung der Gefahren, gegen die der Versicherer keine Garantie übernimmt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Memorándum — (lat.), etwas zu Erinnerndes, zu Notierendes; dafür bestimmtes Buch (Memorandenbuch) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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