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mem·oir

 (mĕm′wär′, -wôr′)
n.
1. An account of the personal experiences of an author.
2. often memoirs An autobiography.
3. A biography or biographical sketch.
4. A report, especially on a scientific or scholarly topic.
5. memoirs The report of the proceedings of a learned society.

[French mémoire, from Old French memoire, memory, from Latin memoria; see memory.]

mem′oir·ist n.

memoir

(ˈmɛmwɑː)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a biography or historical account, esp one based on personal knowledge
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) obsolete a memorandum
[C16: from French, from Latin memoria memory]
ˈmemoirist n

mem•oir

(ˈmɛm wɑr, -wɔr)

n.
1. a record of events based on the writer's personal observation.
2. Usu., memoirs.
a. an autobiography.
b. the published proceedings of an organization, as of a learned society.
3. a biography.
[1560–70; < French mémoire < Latin memoria]

memoir

A biography or historical account based on personal knowledge; stylistically, memoirs usually indicate fragments of autobiography rather than a complete retelling.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.memoir - an account of the author's personal experiencesmemoir - an account of the author's personal experiences
autobiography - a biography of yourself
2.memoir - an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic
essay - an analytic or interpretive literary composition

memoir

noun account, life, record, register, journal, essay, biography, narrative, monograph He has just published a memoir in honour of his captain.

memoir

noun
A narrative of experiences undergone by the writer:
commentary (often used in plural), reminiscence (often used in plural).
Translations
mälestusteraamat
emlékiratmemoár

memoir

[ˈmemwɑːʳ] N
1. memoirs (= autobiography) → memorias fpl, autobiografía fsing
2. (= biographical note) → nota f biográfica
3. (= essay) → memoria f

memoir

[ˈmɛmwɑːr] nmémoire m

memoir

n
memoirs plMemoiren pl

memoir

[ˈmɛmwɑːʳ] n (essay) → saggio monografico; (biography) → nota biografica
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