[mem-wahr, -wawr]
a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
Usually, memoirs.
an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
a biography or biographical sketch.

1560–70; < French mémoire < Latin memoria; see memory

2a. journal, recollections, reminiscences. Unabridged
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memoir (ˈmɛmwɑː)
1.  a biography or historical account, esp one based on personal knowledge
2.  an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic
3.  obsolete a memorandum
[C16: from French, from Latin memoriamemory]

memoirs (ˈmɛmwɑːz)
pl n
1.  a collection of reminiscences about a period, series of events, etc, written from personal experience or special sources
2.  an autobiographical record
3.  a collection or record, as of transactions of a society, etc

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Word Origin & History

1560s, from Anglo-Fr. memorie "note, memorandum, something written to be kept in mind" (early 15c.), from L. memoria (see memory). Meaning "person's written account of his life" is from 1670s.

"personal record of events," 1650s, from pl. of memoir.
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Example sentences
And there were a number of astronauts' memoirs that mention this and how these
  flash-frozen droplets illuminated.
The nearest seemed to be various college memoirs and a few student exposes.
All that fuss about hoked-up memoirs and not a word about the put-ons of
  personal essayists-it doesn't make sense.
Memoirs written decades after the events in question are often self-serving.
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