memoir

[mem-wahr, -wawr]
noun
1.
a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
2.
Usually, memoirs.
a.
an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
b.
the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
3.
a biography or biographical sketch.

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


2a. journal, recollections, reminiscences.
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memoir (ˈmɛmwɑː)
 
n
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]
 
'memoirist
 
n

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memoir
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.
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Example sentences
True, their memoirs often appear to be mere nostalgia, mere longing for a
  simpler age.
Actually my memoir is still in the idea stage.
Her new memoir plumbs the hard beauty of her home in Wyoming.
Her remarkable candor about her relationship with her daughter makes this an
  intense and fascinating memoir.
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