remembrance


remembrance

noun

  1. a retained mental impression; memory.
  2. the act or fact of remembering.
  3. the power or faculty of remembering.
  4. the length of time over which recollection or memory extends.
  5. the state of being remembered; commemoration: to hold someone’s name in remembrance.
  6. something that serves to bring to mind or keep in mind some place, person, event, etc.; memento.
  7. a gift given as a token of love or friendship: I sent her a small remembrance on Mother’s Day.
  8. remembrances, greetings; respects.

noun

  1. the act of remembering or state of being remembered
  2. something that is remembered; reminiscence
  3. a memento or keepsake
  4. the extent in time of one’s power of recollection
    1. the act of honouring some past event, person, etc
    2. (as modifier)a remembrance service
n.

c.1300, “a memory, recollection,” from Old French remembrance (11c.), from remembrer (see remember). From late 14c. as “consideration, reflection; present consciousness of a past event; store of personal experiences available to recollection, capacity to recall the past.” Also late 14c. as “memento, keepsake, souvenir,” and “a commemoration, remembering, ritual of commemoration.” Meaning “faculty of memory, capability of remembering” is early 15c.

British Remembrance Day, the Sunday nearest Nov. 11 (originally in memory of the dead of World War I) is attested from 1921. A remembrancer (early 15c.) was a royal official of the Exchequer tasked with recording and collecting debts due to the Crown; hence also, figuratively “Death” (late 15c.).

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