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[ri-mem-bruh ns] /rɪˈmɛm brəns/
a retained mental impression; memory.
the act or fact of remembering.
the power or faculty of remembering.
the length of time over which recollection or memory extends.
the state of being remembered; commemoration:
to hold someone's name in remembrance.
something that serves to bring to mind or keep in mind some place, person, event, etc.; memento.
a gift given as a token of love or friendship:
I sent her a small remembrance on Mother's Day.
remembrances, greetings; respects.
Origin of remembrance
1300-50; Middle English < Old French; see remember, -ance
Related forms
nonremembrance, noun
1. recollection, reminiscence. 3. memory. 6. keepsake, trophy, souvenir, token, memorial. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remembrance
  • But five minutes' walk away is another new act of remembrance.
  • Perhaps in time some of this grief may be released in a ceremony of national remembrance that will honor all who have been lost.
  • Well, he took streetcars to work and raised chickens out in the backyard as a hobby, a remembrance of glorious things past.
  • The actions he did, doesn't qualify for remembrance.
  • It is never made sharper by forgetting or more poignant by unexpected remembrance.
  • It represents safe dialogue as well as remembrance and commemoration.
  • She had no work to give her, but she gave her remembrance and fondness.
  • Yet this has been often acted on the stage in my remembrance.
British Dictionary definitions for remembrance


the act of remembering or state of being remembered
something that is remembered; reminiscence
a memento or keepsake
the extent in time of one's power of recollection
  1. the act of honouring some past event, person, etc
  2. (as modifier): a remembrance service
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Word Origin and History for remembrance

c.1300, "a memory, recollection," from Old French remembrance (11c.), from remembrer (see remember). From late 14c. as "consideration, reflection; present consciousness of a past event; store of personal experiences available to recollection, capacity to recall the past." Also late 14c. as "memento, keepsake, souvenir," and "a commemoration, remembering, ritual of commemoration." Meaning "faculty of memory, capability of remembering" is early 15c.

British Remembrance Day, the Sunday nearest Nov. 11 (originally in memory of the dead of World War I) is attested from 1921. A remembrancer (early 15c.) was a royal official of the Exchequer tasked with recording and collecting debts due to the Crown; hence also, figuratively "Death" (late 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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