• WordNet 3.6
    • n memoir an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic
    • n memoir an account of the author's personal experiences
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Memoir A memorial account; a history composed from personal experience and memory; an account of transactions or events (usually written in familiar style) as they are remembered by the writer. See History, 2.
    • Memoir A memorial of any individual; a biography; often, a biography written without special regard to method and completeness.
    • Memoir An account of something deemed noteworthy; an essay; a record of investigations of any subject; the journals and proceedings of a society.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n memoir A note of something to be remembered; a memorandum.
    • n memoir A notice or an essay relating to something within the writer's own memory or knowledge; a record of facts upon a subject personally known or investigated; a concise account of one's knowledge or information on any topic; especially, a communication to a society containing such information: as, the Memoirs of the Academy of Sciences.
    • n memoir plural A narrative of the facts or events of some phase of history or in the life of a person, written from personal knowledge or observation; a history or narrative dwelling chiefly upon points about which the writer is specially informed, as an autobiography or a continuous record of observations. Such narratives are generally limited to a special line of facts or series of events, as Guizot's Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire de mon temps, ‘Memoirs to serve for the History of my Time.’
    • n memoir In a restricted use, a biography; a memorial volume or work containing notices of the life and character of some one deceased, with extracts from his (or her) correspondence, etc. Synonyms Biography, Memoir. See biography.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Memoir mem′wor or me-moir′ a sketch or description of something as remembered by the writer: a short biographical sketch of some one now dead: a record of facts personally found out on any subject: the transactions of a society
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  • Will Rogers
    “When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do -- well, that's Memoirs.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “What we are doing at the moment is more that just one thing added to the rest; it is a memoir.”
  • George Meredith
    “Memoirs are the backstairs of history.”
  • Will Rogers
    “There ain't nothing that breaks up homes, country, and nations like somebody publishing their memoirs.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mémoire, m., memorandum, fr. mémoire, f., memory, L. memoria,. See Memory
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. mémoire—L. memoria, memory—memor, mindful.


In literature:

Mr Fitzpatrick, in his anecdotal memoirs of Archbishop Whately, tells a story of an eccentric Irish parson.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
This was unquestionably a powerful reason why the memoirs were destroyed.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Louis XV., De Tocqueville's Memoirs of, reviewed, 525.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
By Ashton Hilliers, Author of 'Memoirs of a Person of Quality.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
These memoirs do not extend beyond the year 1807.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
C. (J. E.) on Private Memoirs of Queen Elizabeth, 23.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
The Memoir is by Mr. Hallam.
"Spare Hours" by John Brown
Memoir of Martha L. Ramsay.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
The one we know best is Lescure, because his wife's memoirs have been universally read.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
"Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853" by Various
The memoirs of Bishop Watson illustrate the same sentiment.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Dr. Sims, in the Memoirs of the Medical Society of London, Vol.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
I., with Memoir, containing New Facts and Original Letters of the Poet.
"Notes and Queries, Number 227, March 4, 1854" by Various
"Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854" by Various
With a Memoir of the Author.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
We will not condescend to refute at length the pleas which the compiler of the Memoirs before us has copied from Doctor Preuss.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mr. Craig will appear, from these short memoirs, to have been a man of uncommon resolution and activity.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
L. Jenyns's "Memoirs" of that accomplished man.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
DAVIDSON, MARGARET, Memoirs of and Poems, in 1 vol.
"Endless Amusement" by Unknown
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe

In poetry:

When we are dead — and may the gods grant this:
That neither of us knows the cold vain kiss —
What would I, Dear, that they should mind us by,
If haply our remembrance wins a sigh ;
How would I have our little memoir read
When we are dead?
"Hereafter" by John Joy Bell

In news:

The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon : An Intelligence Officer's Memoir, 1972-1973.
The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir.
The Daily News rootled around in Sheryl Weinstein's memoir Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me in search of dirty bits, and, though it seems to be not all that salacious, they did manage to reveal one small thing.
Sometime in 1960 Ernest Hemingway completed a memoir of his years in Paris from 1921 to 1926.
Torsten Kjellstrand, The Oregonian Michelle Anderson's Kickstarter's campaign is trying to raise money for a trip to Denmark for her video memoir.
A Personal Memoir of W.H.
But his new memoir, filled with prosaic diary entries from a long- ago sojourn abroad, won't enhance his legacy.
'Three Cups of Tea': Is the publishing industry to blame for fabricated memoirs.
Book Deal for Writer Who Fabricated Parts of Memoir.
His memoir mixes what he calls traditional (rather than conservative) values and memories, most of them fond, of his youth and Catholic school education in the modest New York suburb of Levittown.
The young Queens blogger whose memoir, "Julie & Julia," is now a movie set to open Aug 7, whipped up every recipe in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" over the course of a year.
Juicy bits are few and far between in rock memoir.
Fatima Bhutto, standing where her father was murdered by state police in Pakistan, on how her memoir was the only way to seek justice for the violence done to her family.
The timing of Salman Rushdie's memoir is almost uncanny.
Jerry Heller has written a new memoir, 'Ruthless,' about the band.

In science:

Nitecki , Global structural stability of flows on open surface, “Memoirs Amer.
On the structural stability of planar quasihomogeneous polynomial vector fields
Memoirs AMS 392 (1988) Schneider P., Venjakob O.: Localizations and completions of skew power series rings.
K_1 of certain Iwasawa algebras, after Kakde
Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, No. 94.
Modules that detect finite homological dimensions
Mo, The Hermitian two matrix model with an even quartic potential, Memoirs Amer.
Asymptotic analysis of the two matrix model with a quartic potential
MacMahon, Memoir on the theory of the partition of numbers—Part V.
A dual of MacMahon's theorem on plane partitions
Tzafriri, Banach spaces with a unique unconditional basis, up to a permutation, Memoirs, AMS, 322 (1985). [CJT] P. G.
Some Questions Arising from the Homogeneous Banach Space Problem
Painlev´e, M´emoire sur les ´equations diff´erentielles dont l’int´egrale g´en´erale est uniforme, Bull.
The Painlev\'e approach to nonlinear ordinary differential equations
Section). M´emoire couronn´e par l’Acad´emie Jablonowski; S.
The Painlev\'e approach to nonlinear ordinary differential equations
W H Jaco, P B Shalen, Seifert fibered spaces in 3–manifolds, Memoirs Amer.
Small surfaces and Dehn filling
Berger, “The undecidability of the domino problem.” Memoirs Amer.
Hard Tiling Problems with Simple Tiles
Norton, Numbers with smal l prime factors and the least kth power non residue, Memoirs of the Amer.
Upper bounds for |L(1,chi)|
Solel, Hilbert modules over operator algebras, Memoirs of the A.M.S.
A double commutant theorem for operator algebras
Malkevitch, Properties of planar graphs with uniform vertex and face structure, Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 99 (1970).
Zigzag structure of complexes
Rieffel, M.A.,Deformation Quantization of Actions of Rd , Memoirs of A.M.S. 506.
Deformation Quantization of Pseudo Symplectic(Poisson) Groupoids
Humphreys, Algebraic groups and modular Lie algebras, Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, No. 71, American Mathematical Society, Providence, R.I., 1967.
Algorithm for Lang's Theorem