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remnant

noun

  1. (balance)  a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
    Synonyms: leftover. Type of: remainder
  2. (piece of cloth)  a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold
    Synonyms: end, oddment, remainder. Type of: piece of cloth

Etymology summary

Old French remanant, properly present participle of remanoir "to remain"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

remnant | remaining [synonym, sense-specific]

[often plural] a part left over after use, processing, etc | a surviving trace or vestige, as of a former era | a piece of material from the end of a ... (29 of 468 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

remnant | remaining [synonym, sense-specific]

a part or quantity that is left after the greater part has been used, removed, or destroyed | a piece of cloth left when the greater part has been ... (28 of 150 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/remnant

Merriam-Webster:

remnant [entry 1, noun] | remnants [plural] | balance [synonym, sense-specific] | leavings [synonym, sense-specific] | leftovers [synonym, sense-specific] | odds and ends [synonym, sense-specific] | remains [synonym, sense-specific] | remainder [synonym, sense-specific] | residue [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a usually small part, member, or trace remaining ; "remnant" or "remnants": a small surviving group | an unsold or unused end of piece goods (24 of 136 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/remnant

remnant [entry 2, adjective]

still remaining (2 of 13 words)

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Wikipedia:

Remnant [disambiguation]

may refer to: Remnant (Bible), in the Bible Remnant (Adventist), remnant concepts within the Seventh-day Adventist Church | The Remnant (Atlanta Hip-Hop Group) | Remnant (band) | Remnant (comics), a character from the Squadron Supreme comic books | The... (35 of 124 words, 10 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

remnant [countable, plural] | remnants [plural]

a small remaining part of something ; a small piece of cloth left after the rest has been sold or used (21 of 67 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/remnant

New World Dictionary:

remnant

what is left over; remainder; residue | a small remaining part, quantity, or number of persons or things | a trace; last remaining indication of what ... (24 of 65 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

remnant

Something left over; a remainder. | A piece of fabric remaining after the rest has been used or sold. | A surviving trace or vestige | A small ... (25 of 62 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

remnant

a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like. | a fragment or scrap. | a small, unsold or unused piece of cloth, lace, etc., as at ... (26 of 50 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/remnant

Wiktionary:

remnant | remnants [plural] | remnaunt [obsolete, sense-specific] | relic [synonym, sense-specific] | residue [synonym, sense-specific] | remainder [synonym, sense-specific] | remains [synonym, sense-specific] | the rest of [synonym, sense-specific] | Remaining [synonym, sense-specific]

The small portion remaining of a larger thing or group. | The remaining fabric at the end of the bolt. | An unsold end of piece goods, as cloth, ribbons, carpets, etc. | [archaic] Remaining; still left. (34 of 38 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

remnant

a small piece or amount of something that is left from a larger original piece or amount (17 of 36 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/remnant

Encarta Dictionary:

remnant | remnants [plural]

a small part of something that remains after the rest has gone | a small amount of unsold cloth or flooring material left at the end of a roll, often ... (29 of 103 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861700374​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

remnant

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French remanant, properly present participle of remanoir "to remain". Specific sense of "end of a piece of drapery, cloth, etc". is ... (24 of 37 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

remnant

Origin: Middle English remanant, remnant, from Old French remanant, from present participle of remaindre, to remain; see "remain".

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New World Dictionary:

remnant

Origin: Middle English, contraction from remenant from Old French, originally present participle of remaindre: see "remain"

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Wiktionary:

remnant | remnants [plural]

Origin: Middle English, contraction of remenant, from Anglo-Norman remanant, present participle of remaindre, from Latin remaneō

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/remnant

Oxford Dictionary:

remnant

Origin: Middle English: contraction of obsolete remenant from Old French remenant, from remenoir, remanoir "remain"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/remnant

Collins Dictionary:

remnant

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French remenant remaining, from remanoir to remain

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/remnant

Merriam-Webster:

remnant [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, contraction of remenant, from Anglo-French remanant, from present participle of remaindre to remain

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/remnant

Encarta Dictionary:

remnant | remnants [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French remanant, present participle of remanoir

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

remnant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "remnant"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

remnant [countable, plural] | remnants [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "remnant"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/remnant

Macmillan American Dictionary:

remnant [countable, plural] | remnants [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "remnant"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/remnant

Cambridge Dictionary:

remnant

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "remnant"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "remnant"

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the Free Dictionary:

remnant

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "remnant"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "remnant"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "remnant" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

remnant | remnants [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "remnant"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

remnant

Audio: North American pronunciation of "remnant"

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YourDictionary Audio:

remnant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "remnant" by speech synthesizer

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