- The definition of a memorandum is a note or reminder left for yourself, or a form of communication designed to share information.
- An example of memorandum is when you leave yourself a note to pick up milk.
- An example of a memorandum is when a boss writes out an official notice to employees informing them of new policies.
nounpl. memorandums or memoranda
- a short note written to help one remember something or remind one to do something
- a record of events or observations, esp. one for future use
- an informal written communication, as from one department to another in an office
- in diplomacy, a summary or outline of a subject under discussion, reasons for or against some action, etc.
- Business a statement, made by the consignor, of the goods and terms of a consignment sent with the privilege of return
- Law a short written statement of the terms of an agreement, contract, or transaction
Origin of memorandumMiddle English ; from Classical Latin neuter of memorandus, to be remembered, gerund, gerundive of memorare, to remember: see memory
nounpl. me·mo·ran·dums or me·mo·ran·da
- A short note written as a reminder.
- A written record or communication, as in a business office. See Synonyms at letter.
- Law a. A short document outlining the terms of an agreement, especially as a draft leading to a formal, detailed contract: a memorandum of understanding.b. A writing submitted to a court by a party arguing an aspect of a case; a brief.c. A decision of an appellate court, particularly one that is not accompanied by any detailed explanation of the basis for the decision: a memorandum decision.
- A business statement made by a consignor about a shipment of goods that may be returned.
- A brief, unsigned diplomatic communication.
Origin of memorandumMiddle English, to be remembered (used as a manuscript notation), from Latin, neuter sing. gerundive of memorāre, to bring to remembrance; see memorable.
(plural memorandums or memoranda)
memorandum - Legal Definition
- A form of written internal communication utilized in businesses and other office environments.
- A summary of the terms of an agreement (typically one to be drafted later).
- A legal brief, typically on a motion or other issue arising at the trial level.