- 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.
The definition of a memorandum is a note or reminder left for yourself, or a form of communication designed to share information.
nounpl. -·dums or -·da
- 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.