Remnant meaning

rĕmnənt
Frequency:
A small surviving group of people.
noun
4
1
Remaining.
adjective
4
2
The definition of a remnant is something left over or an indication of the past.

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.

noun
2
0
Something left over; a remainder.
noun
2
1
A piece of fabric remaining after the rest has been used or sold.
noun
1
0
Advertisement
A piece of cloth, ribbon, etc. left over or unsold, as at the end of a bolt.
noun
1
0
The remaining fabric at the end of the bolt.

Usually not enough to make an entire project by itself, remnants of several fabrics can be used to make quilts.

noun
1
0
A surviving trace or vestige.

A remnant of his past glory.

noun
1
1
What is left over; remainder; residue.
noun
0
0
A small remaining part, quantity, or number of persons or things.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
A trace; last remaining indication of what has been.

A remnant of his former pride.

noun
0
0
The small portion remaining of a larger thing or group.
noun
0
0
An unsold end of piece goods, as cloth, ribbons, carpets, etc.
noun
0
0
(archaic) Remaining; still left.
adjective
0
0

Origin of remnant

  • Middle English remanant, remnant from Old French remanant from present participle of remaindre to remain remain

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

  • From Middle English, contraction of remenant, from Anglo-Norman remanant, present participle of remaindre, from Latin remaneō

    From Wiktionary