Definition of memoir in English:
1A historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources: in 1924 she published a short memoir of her husband
More example sentences
- Tolstoy set out to write a personal memoir of O'Brian, but it turned into a full biography.
- Someone who writes a literary memoir, for example, is by necessity examining issues of self and identity.
- I've visited the U.K. more than a few times, and read many British novels, memoirs, biographies, histories and news articles.
1.1 (memoirs) An autobiography or a written account of one’s memory of certain events or people.
- The memoirs of public figures are almost always interesting.
- As a rule, memoirs written by political figures do not remain memorable since the details supplied in them must have been widely publicised by the media long before they got into the book.
- So when such a towering figure has his memoirs published, it is a landmark event.
late 15th century (denoting a memorandum or record): from French mémoire (masculine), a special use of mémoire (feminine) 'memory'.
- Example sentences
- I told her no; gave her the names of a few funny memoirists who have chronicled their experiences dealing with weight issues in the ‘dating game,’ and sent her on her way.
- This, perhaps the greatest period of an already great life, has been sensitively written about by memoirists and historians.
- Tobias Wolff is a short story writer, a memoirist, a novelist, a father, a husband, a jazz aficionado, a hiker upon remote mountain trails, a winner of literary awards, a neophyte pianist, and the mentor of many young writers.