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memoir

[mem-wahr, -wawr] /ˈmɛm wɑr, -wɔr/
noun
1.
a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
2.
Usually, memoirs.
  1. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
  2. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
3.
a biography or biographical sketch.
Origin of memoir
1560-1570
1560-70; < French mémoire < Latin memoria; see memory
Synonyms
2a. journal, recollections, reminiscences.
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memoir

/ˈmɛmwɑː/
noun
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
Derived Forms
memoirist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Latin memoriamemory
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Word Origin and History for memoir
n.

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

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