Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A short note written as a reminder.
  • noun A written record or communication, as in a business office. synonym: letter.
  • noun A short document outlining the terms of an agreement, especially as a draft leading to a formal, detailed contract.
  • noun A writing submitted to a court by a party arguing an aspect of a case; a brief.
  • noun A decision of an appellate court, particularly one that is not accompanied by any detailed explanation of the basis for the decision.
  • noun A business statement made by a consignor about a shipment of goods that may be returned.
  • noun A brief, unsigned diplomatic communication.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something to be remembered: used, originally as mere Latin, and usually abbreviated mem., to introduce a note of a thing to be done.
  • noun A note to help the memory; a record of something for future reference or consideration.
  • noun Specifically In law, a writing in which the terms of a transaction or some part of them are embodied.
  • noun In diplomacy, a summary of the state of a question, or a justification of a decision agreed on. Also (as French) mèmoire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help the memory.
  • noun (Law) A brief or informal note in writing of some transaction, or an outline of an intended instrument; an instrument drawn up in a brief and compendious form.
  • noun a check given as an acknowledgment of indebtedness, but with the understanding that it will not be presented at bank unless the maker fails to take it up on the day the debt becomes due. It usually has Mem. written on its face.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a short note serving as a reminder
  • noun a written business communication
  • noun a brief diplomatic communication
  • noun a page in an annual publication honoring the memory of a person who died during the past year.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a written proposal or reminder

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, to be remembered (used as a manuscript notation), from Latin, neuter sing. gerundive of memorāre, to bring to remembrance; see memorable.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin memorandum, neuter of memorandus ("to be remembered"), gerundive of memorare ("to bring to rememberance"); see memorate.

Examples

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  • "Choirs of angels seems to sing/Hymns of hate in memorandum"

    -"Bad Habit" from the Dresden Dolls' eponymous debut

    April 12, 2010