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


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.
    • Fuller
      Because of the remnant dregs of his disease.
    • Prior
      And quiet dedicate her remnant life / To the just duties of an humble wife.

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