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Definitions for memoir
ˈmɛm wɑr, -wɔrmem·oir

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. memoirnoun

    an account of the author's personal experiences

  2. memoirnoun

    an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic


  1. memoirnoun

    An autobiography; a book describing the personal experiences of an author.

    When I retire, I'm going to write my memoirs.

  2. memoirnoun

    Any form of narrative describing the personal experiences of a writer.

  3. Etymology: From mémoire, from memoria; see memory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Memoirnoun

    alt. of Memoirs


  1. Memoir

    Memoir, is a literary nonfiction genre. More specifically, it is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private that took place in the author's life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. While memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of autobiography since the late 20th century, the genre is differentiated in form, presenting a narrowed focus. Like most autobiographies, memoirs are written from the first-person point of view. An autobiography tells the story of a life, while memoir tells a story from a life, such as touchstone events and turning points from the author's life. The author of a memoir may be referred to as a memoirist.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Memoir

    mem′wor, or me-moir′, n. a sketch or description of something as remembered by the writer: a short biographical sketch of some one now dead: a record of facts personally found out on any subject: the transactions of a society.—ns. Mem′oirism, the act or art of writing memoirs; Mem′oirist, a writer of memoirs. [Fr. mémoire—L. memoria, memory—memor, mindful.]


  1. Memoir

    Memoir transforms your photos, the places you go, and your social media into memories that can be relived when they're most interesting to you.As soon as you request them, the photos your friends choose to share with you become part of your Memoir seamlessly. You can find memories and photos by people, places, dates, context, and more - no tagging or organization required. Memoir discovers photos and memories wherever they were created - iPhone cameras, DSLR’s, Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare - even on your computer. With Memoir, all of your photos and memories are backed up securely to the cloud.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. memoir

    Is the title given by military officers to those plans which they offer to their government or commanders on subjects relating to war or military economy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of memoir in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of memoir in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of memoir in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Rabe:

    We believe this could be the most successful memoir in history.

  2. Lucy Lipiner:

    Long Journey Home : A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust, she was mistaken. This was very much against my race, my Jewishness.

  3. Jared Kahn:

    This was not an issue until 1923 became involved with contract negotiations with Holly last summer, this is really part of filling up her memoir.

  4. Guy Fieri:

    This really started almost as a family memoir getting my kid ready for college.

  5. Random House:

    We're honored to be publishing Prince's unfinished memoir, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, on October 29, 2019.

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