AskDefine | Define remains

Dictionary Definition



1 any object that is left unused or still extant; "I threw out the remains of my dinner"
2 the dead body of a human being [syn: cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. What is left after a person (or any organism) dies; a corpse.
    They buried the remains of their long time friend in the town cemetery.
  2. A relic of an ancient building or other structure.
  3. All that is left of the stock of some things; remnants.
    He couldn't bring himself to eat the remains of the chicken dinner.
  4. Plural of remain


What is left after a person (or any organism) dies; a corpse
A relic of an ancient building or other structure
All that is left of the stock of some things; remnants


  1. third-person singular of remain
    We'll go ahead, while she remains here.

Extensive Definition

Remains may refer to: Human remains may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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