noun, plural memorandums, memoranda [mem-uh-ran-duh] .
a short note designating something to be remembered, especially something to be done or acted upon in the future; reminder.
a record or written statement of something.
an informal message, especially one sent between two or more employees of the same company, concerning company business: an interoffice memorandum.
Law. a writing, usually informal, containing the terms of a transaction.
Diplomacy. a summary of the state of an issue, the reasons for a decision agreed on, etc.
a document transferring title to goods but authorizing the return of the goods to the seller at the option of the buyer.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin: something to be noted, noun use of neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorāre to mention, tell

prememorandum, noun, plural prememorandums, prememoranda. Unabridged
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memorandum (ˌmɛməˈrændəm)
n , pl -dums, -da
1.  a written statement, record, or communication such as within an office
2.  a note of things to be remembered
3.  an informal diplomatic communication, often unsigned: often summarizing the point of view of a government
4.  law a short written summary of the terms of a transaction
[C15: from Latin: (something) to be remembered]

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Word Origin & History

1433, from L. memorandum "(thing) to be remembered," neut. sing. of memorandus, gerundive of memorare "to call to mind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory). Originally a word written at the top of a note, by 1542 it came to stand for the note itself.
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Example sentences
Granted, he was off thinking about topics in his discipline, and not about how to write the next memorandum.
Gold announced the faculty's approval of the new grading system in a memorandum to students last month.
At the end of my course, all of my students know how to write an informative précis or memorandum.
The memorandum will require approval at another referendum.
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