Definition of memorandum in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɛməˈrandəm/

noun (plural memoranda /mɛməˈrandə/ or memorandums)

1A written message in business or diplomacy: he told them of his decision in a memorandum
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  • A march held last week handed over a memorandum to business and government, demanding a halt to job losses.
  • The chairman of the multilateral talks, Pierre Girard, a Swiss diplomat, circulated a memorandum Tuesday to member states to reconvene the meeting, according to the sources.
  • His involvement in high politics started in 1584, when he wrote his first political memorandum, A Letter of Advice to Queen Elizabeth.
message, communication, note, email, letter, epistle, missive
informal memo
1.1A note recording something for future use: the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation
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  • Government agencies will sign a memorandum of understanding to commit to the plan, and a committee will make regular reports to the community.
  • The department and the municipality have signed a memorandum of understanding identifying an urgent need for relocation, provision and supply of decent houses to flood victims.
  • He and Paek on Saturday also signed a memorandum of understanding that will establish a regular consultation mechanism between their countries' foreign ministries.
record, minute, note, contract, agreement;
aide-memoire, reminder, memory jogger, jotting, chit
North American informal tickler
1.2 Law A document recording the terms of a contract or other legal details: articles of association must be signed by subscribers to the memorandum
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  • This memorandum specified a lease term of one year with no provision for any option to renew.
  • Certainly the borrower will be liable for them since the information memorandum is its document, designed to be distributed to potential members of the syndicate.
  • No written contract had been executed between the two merging companies, only a four- or five-page memorandum recorded the basic terms, and that went unsigned.


Late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'something to be brought to mind', gerundive of memorare. The original use was as an adjective, placed at the head of a note of a record made for future reference.

Words that rhyme with memorandum

avizandum, fandom, nil desperandum, random, tandem
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