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remnant

[rem-nuh nt] /ˈrɛm nənt/
noun
1.
a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.
2.
a fragment or scrap.
3.
a small, unsold or unused piece of cloth, lace, etc., as at the end of a bolt.
4.
a trace; vestige:
remnants of former greatness.
adjective
5.
remaining; leftover.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English remna(u)nt, contraction of remenant < Old French, present participle of remenoir to remain
Related forms
remnantal, adjective
Synonyms
1. remainder, residue, residuum, rest, remains.
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British Dictionary definitions for remnants

remnant

/ˈrɛmnənt/
noun
1.
(often pl) a part left over after use, processing, etc
2.
a surviving trace or vestige, as of a former era: a remnant of imperialism
3.
a piece of material from the end of a roll, sold at a lower price
adjective
4.
remaining; left over
Word Origin
C14: from Old French remenant remaining, from remanoir to remain
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Word Origin and History for remnants

remnant

n.

late 14c., contraction of remenant (c.1300), from Old French remanant "rest, remainder, surplus," noun use of present participle of remanoir "to remain" (see remain (v.)). Specific sense of "end of a piece of drapery, cloth, etc." is recorded from early 15c. An Old English word for "remnant" was endlaf.

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