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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
References in classic literature ?
As I have reason to believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of this remarkable episode.
To be sure, Roy wrote twice a week; his letters were exquisite compositions which would have read beautifully in a memoir or biography.
The younger members of the club, humouring the joke, sent a waiter for the 'Peerage'; and read aloud the memoir of the nobleman in question, for the Doctor's benefit-- with illustrative morsels of information interpolated by themselves.
Last year he sent to me a memoir on this subject, with a request that I would forward it to Sir Charles Lyell, who sent it to the Linnean Society, and it is published in the third volume of the Journal of that Society.
The Flora of the Galapagos Archipelago is the subject of a separate memoir by him, in the 'Linnean Transactions.
His title, schoolmaster, would very naturally seem derived from the name bestowed upon the harem itself, but some have surmised that the man who first thus entitled this sort of Ottoman whale, must have read the memoirs of Vidocq, and informed himself what sort of a country-schoolmaster that famous Frenchman was in his younger days, and what was the nature of those occult lessons he inculcated into some of his pupils.
In his memoirs he piously thanks the Giver of all Good for remembering him in his needs and delivering sundry such cargoes into his hands at times when only special providences could have relieved him.
With the exception of a vague de- scription, so I continued, till the other day, when you read me your memoirs.
If my poor Flatland friend retained the vigour of mind which he enjoyed when he began to compose these Memoirs, I should not now need to represent him in this preface, in which he desires, firstly, to return his thanks to his readers and critics in Spaceland, whose appreciation has, with unexpected celerity, required a second edition of his work; secondly, to apologize for certain errors and misprints (for which, however, he is not entirely responsible); and, thirdly, to explain one or two misconceptions.
To anyone but myself, who had a great love for the sea, the hours would have seemed long and monotonous; but the daily walks on the platform, when I steeped myself in the reviving air of the ocean, the sight of the rich waters through the windows of the saloon, the books in the library, the compiling of my memoirs, took up all my time, and left me not a moment of ennui or weariness.
We learn this from the memoirs of a man who was concerned in some few of these defeats and in many of these victories.
My misfortunes began with the illness and death of Pokrovski, who was taken worse two months after what I have last recorded in these memoirs.