- An example of a remnant is the last yard of fabric that remains after all the other fabric has been sold.
- An example of a remnant of the past is rotary telephones.
The definition of a remnant is something left over or an indication of the past.
- what is left over; remainder; residue
- [often pl.] a small remaining part, quantity, or number of persons or things
- a trace; last remaining indication of what has been: a remnant of his former pride
- a piece of cloth, ribbon, etc. left over or unsold, as at the end of a bolt
Origin of remnantME, contr. from remenant from OFr, origin, originally present participle of remaindre: see remain
- Something left over; a remainder.
- A piece of fabric remaining after the rest has been used or sold.
- A surviving trace or vestige: a remnant of his past glory.
- often remnants A small surviving group of people.
Origin of remnantMiddle English remanant, remnant from Old French remanant from present participle of remaindre to remain ; see remain .
- (archaic) Remaining; still left.