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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Memoirnoun

    Etymology: memoire, French.

    Be our great master’s future charge
    To write his own memoirs, and leave his heirs
    High schemes of government and plans of wars. Matthew Prior.

    There is not in any author a computation of the revenues of the Roman empire, and hardly any memoirs from whence it might be collected. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. Memoir

    A memoir (; from French mémoire [me.mwaʁ], from Latin memoria 'memory, remembrance') is any nonfiction narrative writing based in the author's personal memories. The assertions made in the work are thus understood to be factual. While memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of biography or autobiography since the late 20th century, the genre is differentiated in form, presenting a narrowed focus, usually a particular time phase in someone's life or career. A biography or autobiography tells the story "of a life", while a memoir often tells the story of a particular, career, event, or time, such as touchstone moments and turning points from the author's life. The author of a memoir may be referred to as a memoirist or a memorialist.


  1. memoir

    A memoir is a written account or narrative in which an individual shares their personal experiences, perceptions, and significant events of their life from their own perspective. It often includes details of people, places, and events from the author’s past, providing a subjective reflection on historical and personal events.

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. Dylan Farrow:

    I was disappointed to learn through press reports that Hachette, my publisher, acquired Woody Allen's memoir after other major publishers refused to do so and concealed the decision from me and Ronan Farrow book own employees while we were working on Catch and Kill -- a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse.

  2. Freida Pinto:

    We thought we knew Huma’s story — the woman behind the scenes, and then reluctantly in front of the camera when her own life hit the news. Then, we read her memoir and were stunned by her candor, generosity, warmth, intelligence, and the way that her childhood, faith and family have so authentically woven through her whole life.

  3. Random House:

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

  4. Hunter Biden:

    And I started getting more into the researching of Hunter, reading his memoir and reading whatever I could on the subject matter. it’s like a confessional novel, but you justify your behavior in a certain way.

  5. Alexa PenaVega:

    It’s so easy to want to hide that because you don’t want to be judged by what you believe. But this is my life, my faith and my life are the same things. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re always preaching. But God is such a part of our lives that no matter what we do, our faith gets brought up. So it does get brought up. We happen to be people who love the word of God and are happy to share it. In their new memoir.

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