Definition of remains in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈmānz/

plural noun

1The parts left over after other parts have been removed, used, or destroyed: the remains of a sandwich lunch were on the table
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  • The point is that the industrial remains should be removed, the dunes rehabilitated and the rocks carted away so as to create more space for the public to enjoy.
  • Lou, behind us, they have floodlit the almost destroyed remains of the front of the U.N. headquarters.
  • A young, female arm slipped round from behind him and removed the dissected remains of what was some kind of fish dish.
remainder, residue, remaining part/number, rest, remnant(s)
technical residuum
1.1Historical or archaeological relics: Roman remains
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  • The discovery emphasises the risk to archaeological remains in ploughsoil.
  • What is less obvious is the effect that coastal processes have on archaeological remains.
  • Archaeological remains have been found of altars, Harappan script and crafts.
antiquities, relics
1.2A person’s body after death.
Example sentences
  • But we seem to ignore their death and disrespect their remains.
  • There's a very slim chance they could determine cause of death from these remains.
  • The site was originally designed to hold Emperor Hadrian's remains following his death in AD 138.
corpse, body, dead body, carcass;
bones, skeleton
informal soul case
Medicine  cadaver


Late Middle English (occasionally treated as singular): from Old French remain, from remaindre, from an informal form of Latin remanere (see remain).

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Syllabification: re·mains

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