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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