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Definition of Memoir

Babylon English Dictionary

life story, autobiography, biography; record of events written by a person having an intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation
Memoir Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
Alt. of Memoirs
  
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memoir
\mem"oir\ (?), or pl. memoirs \mem"oirs\ (?) ], n. [f. mémoire, m., memorandum, fr. mémoire, f., memory, l. memoria. see memory.]
1. a memorial account; a history composed from personal experience and memory; an account of transactions or events (usually written in familiar style) as they are remembered by the writer. see history, 2.
2. a memorial of any individual; a biography; often, a biography written without special regard to method and completeness.
3. an account of something deemed noteworthy; an essay; a record of investigations of any subject; the journals and proceedings of a society.
memoir
n
1. an account of the author's personal experiences
2. an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic

The Phrase Finder
Meaning
'to aid memory'.
Origin
From the French.
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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cofiant = n. memoir, record
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an account of the author's personal experiences
(hypernym) autobiography
2. an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic
(hypernym) essay
Memoir Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Memoir (from French: mémoire: memoria, meaning memory or reminiscence), is a literary nonfiction genre. More specifically, it is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private that took place in the author's life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. While memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of autobiography since the late 20th century, the genre is differentiated in form, presenting a narrowed focus. Like most autobiographies, memoirs are written from the first-person point of view. An autobiography tells the story of a life, while memoir tells a story from a life, such as touchstone events and turning points from the author's life. The author of a memoir may be referred to as a memoirist.

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