remnant

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From Middle English, contraction of remenant, from Anglo-Norman remanant, present participle of remaindre, from Latin remaneō.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛmnənt/
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  • Hyphenation: rem‧nant

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remnant (plural remnants)

  1. The small portion remaining of a larger thing or group.
  2. The remaining fabric at the end of the bolt.
    Usually not enough to make an entire project by itself, remnants of several fabrics can be used to make quilts.
  3. An unsold end of piece goods, as cloth, ribbons, carpets, etc.

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remnant (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Remaining; still left.
    • 1639, Thomas Fuller, The Historie of the Holy Warre
      Because of the remnant dregs of his disease.
    • 1709, Matthew Prior, Pleasure
      And quiet dedicate her remnant life / To the just duties of an humble wife.

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