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From Middle English remembraunce, from Old French remembrance, from remembrer (to remember), from Late Latin rememorārī (to call to mind, to remember). Equivalent to remember +‎ -ance.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪ.ˈmɛm.bɹəns/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧mem‧brance


remembrance (countable and uncountable, plural remembrances)

  1. The act of remembering; a holding in mind, or bringing to mind; recollection.
  2. The state of being remembered, or held in mind; memory, recollection.
  3. Something remembered; a person or thing kept in memory.
  4. That which serves to keep in or bring to mind; a memento, a memorial, a souvenir, a token; a memorandum or note of something to be remembered.
  5. The power of remembering; the reach of personal knowledge; the period over which one's memory extends.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VII”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC, lines 203–205:
      Thee I have heard relating what was done / Ere my remembrance; now hear me relate / My ſtory, which perhaps thou haſt not heard; []
  6. (obsolete) Something to be remembered; an admonition, counsel, instruction.


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remembrance (third-person singular simple present remembrances, present participle remembrancing, simple past and past participle remembranced)

  1. To remember; to recall to mind.

See also[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “remembrance”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

Old French[edit]


remembrance oblique singularf (oblique plural remembrances, nominative singular remembrance, nominative plural remembrances)

  1. recollection; memory


  • English: remembrance
  • French: remembrance