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 (mĕm′wär′, -wôr′)
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.
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(ˈmɛm wɑr ɪst, -wɔr-)

a person who writes memoirs.
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