Memoir definition

mĕmwär, -wôr
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An account of the personal experiences of an author.
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A report, especially on a scientific or scholarly topic.
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A report or record of a scholarly investigation, scientific study, etc.
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A biography, usually one written by someone who knew the subject well.
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A report or record of important events based on the writer's personal knowledge.
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The report of the proceedings of a learned society.
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The record of the proceedings of a learned society.
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The definition of a memoir is a retelling or recount of a life lived, often in book or movie form.

When you write the history of your life in a book, this is an example of a memoir.

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

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

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Any form of narrative describing the personal experiences of a writer.
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An autobiography.
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A biography or biographical sketch.
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An autobiography, esp. one that is objective and anecdotal in emphasis rather than inward and subjective.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
memoir
Plural:
memoirs

Origin of memoir

  • French mémoire from Old French memoire memory from Latin memoria memory

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French mémoire (“memoir"), from Latin memoria (“memory"); see memory.

    From Wiktionary