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Definition of "memoir" []

  • An account of the personal experiences of an author. (noun)
  • An autobiography. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • A biography or biographical sketch. (noun)
  • A report, especially on a scientific or scholarly topic. (noun)
  • The report of the proceedings of a learned society. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "memoir" in a sentence
  • "In the title memoir, Maurer reflects that "blindness must be confronted in unconventional ways if progress in surmounting its disadvantages is to be made.""
  • "The most frustrating aspect of the memoir is her essential but underlying trajectory from someone who was frustrated and disappointed in her life, to someone who finally achieved what she wanted."
  • "I wrote these weird essay-ish short stories, and with the encouragement of my teacher, David Shields if you want to read the most mind-exploding expose of life in the borderlands between fiction and memoir, read his book Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, I continued to blunder through-not assigning the word "memoir" to my work until 2001 when Brain, Child magazine published a long piece of mine about my family called "Women Like That, Like Us.""