Definition of memoir noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmemwɑː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmemwɑːr//
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  1. 1memoirs [plural] an account written by somebody, especially somebody famous, about their life and experiences See related entries: Celebrity news
  2. 2[countable] (formal) a written account of somebody’s life, a place, or an event, written by somebody who knows it well
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting a memorandum or record): from French mémoire (masculine), a special use of mémoire (feminine) ‘memory’.Extra examples He has published a long memoir about those years. O’Connor published a childhood memoir. She describes in her memoirs how she coped with her mother’s death. a personal memoir of these important events an excerpt from an unpublished memoir his brief memoir of his father’s life the market for political memoirs
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