One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural aides-memoire, Plural aides-memoires
1An aid to the memory, especially a book or document.
record, account, entry, item, notation, minute, jotting, inscriptionView synonyms
- ‘Are you looking for the questions, the aide-memoire?’
- ‘To my astonishment, the first half of my seven-minute set, cribbed from the aide-memoire scribbles on the back of my hand, plays well.’
- ‘The pair match the compositions of the left and right panels in the trio, and it is likely that Vuillard used the photographs as aides-memoires.’
- ‘His hundreds of sketchbooks were invaluable aide-memoire, and he kept them well organized so he could quickly locate what he wanted.’
- ‘It was common for painters at that time to make use of photographs as aide-memoire to capture specific gestures, postures, and facial expressions.’
- ‘Others made replicas as an aide-memoire for future use.’
- ‘For this purpose let me hand out an aide-memoire as to the decision-making task ahead of you.’
- ‘Well, here is an aide-memoire of this season for you and for younger generations.’
- ‘I've found myself using my camera phone while others have been cooking, to capture aide-memoire material around a recipe.’
- ‘It is possible that this reflects the fact that the tradition was primarily an oral one, the key points argued by important figures merely being recorded in the form of an aide-memoire.’
- ‘The idea is to provide an aide-memoire to that eternal question: ‘Did I take my pill today?’’
- ‘These photos later served as aides-memoires for the large decorative panels.’
- ‘You can do that working to a written script, you can use aides-memoire, or you can learn the whole thing by heart.’
- 1.1 An informal diplomatic message.
- ‘The country has sent an aide memoire to Senator Obama, Congressman Charlie Rangel, chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the United States House of Representatives, and several other elected officials.’
- ‘He sent an aide-memoire in these terms to the Department of State on 30 November 1949.’
- ‘He went on to relate how only four months later, in August 1958, the Netherlands sent an aide memoire to the British proposing that the division of the territorial seas and continental shelf should be defined in accordance with this principle of equidistance.’
- ‘On or about July 19, 1958, Canada sent an "aide-memoire" to the U.S.’
- ‘Paul himself makes this very point at the outset of his book, arguing that when Roosevelt and Churchill secretly negotiated the Hyde Park aide-memoire in September 1944, they agreed to continue postwar atomic cooperation.’
Mid 19th century: from French aide-mémoire, from aider ‘to help’ and mémoire ‘memory’.
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