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



    BrE BrE//ˈremnənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈremnənt//
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  1. 1[usually plural] a part of something that is left after the other parts have been used, removed, destroyed, etc. synonym remains The woods are remnants of a huge forest which once covered the whole area. Many of the traditions are remnants of a time when most people worked on the land.
  2. 2a small piece of cloth that is left when the rest has been sold
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: contraction of obsolete remenant from Old French remenant, from remenoir, remanoir ‘remain’.Extra examples The museum is one of the last remnants of the 17th-century palace. Their outdated attitudes are a remnant from colonial days. faint remnants of the city’s glorious past the tattered remnants of the flag The institution is a remnant from the past. The remnants of the huge mirror lay shattered around the floor. They ousted the landowners, who were the last remnants of the Roman Empire. the remnants of a forest/​an empire/​an army
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