Definition of remembrance in US English:



  • 1The action of remembering something.

    ‘a flash of understanding or remembrance passed between them’
    • ‘Her expression instantly changed, from a look of wistful remembrance to burning dislike.’
    • ‘But the first step to recovery is remembrance, and remember she had.’
    • ‘The greatest evildoers are those who don't remember because they have never given thought to the matter, and, without remembrance, nothing can hold them back.’
    • ‘Nostalgia abounded as the old fraternity descended on the theatre in celebration and remembrance of the ‘early days’ at the legendary Woodbrook arts space.’
    • ‘Both target the wax model as insufficient for understanding the remembrance of things past.’
    • ‘But it is also the generation that has to decide how these memories will be expressed in historical understanding and communal remembrance in the future.’
    • ‘The trip down memory lane took an odd couple or two in its melody, who were seen tapping their fingers at the rhythm, occasionally smiling at each other in remembrance of those good ole days.’
    • ‘He has been called a québécois Marcel Proust, employing his own remembrance of things past to create a timeless portrait of a city: Montreal.’
    • ‘But nostalgia is nothing but remembrance of the past without remembering the pain, which forced us to leave that past behind.’
    • ‘Repetition is neither wordy nor inefficient; it improves clarity, understanding, and remembrance of the rules.’
    • ‘My eyes swept the room, glazed in vivid remembrance before my world began to clear.’
    • ‘She explained that remembrance of the Holocaust is important because the number of survivors are starting to dwindle, and with them awareness can also disappear.’
    • ‘An honest peace must always contain within itself the remembrance of the past.’
    1. 1.1 The action of remembering the dead, especially in a ceremony.
      ‘I decided to sell poppies in remembrance of those who died’
      • ‘Speeches extolled national unity, imperial loyalty, remembrance of the dead, and the need for young men to volunteer.’
      • ‘Funerary practices normally involve a simple ceremony of blessings and remembrance by family members and friends in a chapel or funeral parlor, leading to interment or cremation.’
      • ‘Aptly in this bicentennial year of Trafalgar, the Senior Service was at the hub of ceremonies of remembrance to mark the nation's war dead at home and aboard.’
      • ‘The remaining stones were counted to determine the number of dead, then placed in a great heap in remembrance of those who died in battle.’
      • ‘Sarah whispered softly in remembrance of her dear friend who had passed away two years ago.’
      • ‘A silent walk in remembrance of the victims of war led to a meadow where women called for healing.’
      • ‘In the foreground, however, the mother of one of the ‘disappeared’ kneels at a makeshift shrine in a quite moment of remembrance.’
      • ‘The use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance comes from John McCrae's poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’’
      • ‘There will be a service of remembrance at the Museum Chapel.’
      • ‘And NASA named a day of remembrance to honor the astronauts killed in the Colombia, Challenger and the Apollo disaster.’
      • ‘At the end of the green dock is a delicate pavilion for remembrance of the war dead of Newham, the local borough.’
      • ‘These places were, and continue to be, sites of remembrance, along with the hundreds of military cemeteries that were built along the front itself.’
      • ‘They have lit the flame of remembrance in L.A., an expression of unity and remembrance to the victims of bigotry, intolerance, referring of course to the Holocaust.’
      • ‘The seventh day after death, the fortieth day, and annual remembrance are the accepted way of respecting the dead.’
      • ‘Williams insisted the service was toned down to one of remembrance for the victims on both sides of the conflict.’
      • ‘He was playing it, he said, ‘in remembrance of my partner Mary.’’
      • ‘I forget, what were you doing last year that was so important as to miss the national remembrance in honour of the war dead?’
      • ‘Spending a few minutes in remembrance of lives that ended for yours is a pale substitute for the recognition that the ideas and actions that stoked the fires in Germany, in Japan and in Russia are readily found anywhere.’
      • ‘Today an unprecedented three-minute silence will be held across Europe in remembrance of the disaster victims.’
      • ‘The last three of these holidays were all about remembrance of the dead.’
      commemoration, memory, recognition
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    2. 1.2 A memory or recollection.
      ‘the remembrance of her visit came back with startling clarity’
      • ‘Howie, you're a little bit younger than I am, but you may have a vague remembrance of this.’
      • ‘This is natural, of course; the tendency to romanticize relationships, the fear of being alone trumping truthful remembrances of paranoia and neuroticism, is one of the cuter things humans do.’
      • ‘When covering Glenn's early years, it reads like a mother's fond remembrances.’
      • ‘The resulting dramatic theme is the idea that politics and philosophies are always connected to memory and that it's these individual remembrances that come together to create a larger ‘history.’’
      • ‘Soon, Sam became a fond memory instead of a painful remembrance.’
      • ‘But some critics are concerned that the fond remembrances are coming off as distorted hero worship.’
      • ‘From my vague remembrances of her, the role of Snow White seemed, at least physically fitting for her.’
      • ‘Rachel remained silent as the memories and remembrances from years past assaulted her senses and her calm.’
      • ‘It is they which evoke remembrances of a lost war and exiled dynasty, a failed republic, a terrorist dictatorship, and horrendous devastation in the wake of still another lost war, and, finally, the trauma of a divided city.’
      • ‘Memory and remembrances of your youth tend to have a larger and larger place in your recent books.’
      • ‘My memories surrounding this creek are, it would seem, classic childhood remembrances.’
      • ‘Hannah's remembrances of things past, however, are sometimes skewed by subtle dissonances and a sense of anxiety that disturb the apparent placidity of his picture-perfect world.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, like too many other things on this disc, it is too brief, too shallow, and lacking in important personal perspectives and remembrances from the people who knew Mr. Reagan best.’
      • ‘Like everyone born in the 60s or later, I learned this through the nauseating repetition of misty remembrances of the 1960s by people who were around then - or claim they were.’
      • ‘The only topic at the conference discussed with greater frequency than fond remembrances of Teddy Roosevelt was the assertion that conservation is part and parcel of a real conservative ideology.’
      • ‘She also warned witnesses not to ‘contaminate’ their remembrances by talking to other people or reporters.’
      • ‘My remembrance of him was when he was running for president he said, ‘Well, I'm going to raise your taxes.’’
      • ‘I have fond remembrances of this year of the series.’
      • ‘Her success in the marketplace arose from exactly the values expressed in her verse: friendship between women, generosity even in times of adversity, and the pleasures of small remembrances.’
      • ‘Her bittersweet remembrances were shoved into the back of her mind.’
      recollection, reminiscence, nostalgia
      memory, recollection, reminiscence, echo from the past, mental image, thought
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    3. 1.3 A thing kept or given as a reminder or in commemoration of someone.
      • ‘I send you this picture as a remembrance to those Canadians who rest in peace over here.’
      • ‘Dubbed ‘The Memorial for Peace’ the building and its contents are a reminder and a remembrance of those thousands who died in the landings on the nearby beaches.’
      • ‘Now, the toys were surrounded by flowers, ‘missing you'-type posters, picture remembrances and teddy bears.’
      • ‘My war museum must have empty rooms that will be filled with personal remembrances.’
      • ‘Indeed, regardless of any stated policy, the markers in this section were adorned with tributes and remembrances of all kinds, including framed photographs, key chains, coins, stuffed animals and miniature flags.’
      • ‘The small wooden crosses which the teens constructed and erected in memory of all three accident victims were twice pulled up, the other remembrances indiscriminately scattered nearby, by unknown parties.’
      • ‘Each piece has a story behind it, each is a remembrance of a life well-lived.’
      • ‘Besides looking into the blessed future, it serves as a remembrance of the bitter past.’
      • ‘The Main Dining Room is an elegant remembrance of the Napoleonic era.’
      memento, reminder, keepsake, souvenir, token, commemoration, memorial, relic, something to remember someone by
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Middle English: from Old French, from remembrer (see remember).