reminiscence

noun
rem·​i·​nis·​cence | \ ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce reminiscence (audio) \

Definition of reminiscence

1 : apprehension of a Platonic idea as if it had been known in a previous existence
2a : recall to mind of a long-forgotten experience or fact
b : the process or practice of thinking or telling about past experiences
3a : a remembered experience
b : an account of a memorable experience often used in plural
4 : something so like another as to be regarded as an unconscious repetition, imitation, or survival

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memory, remembrance, recollection, reminiscence mean the capacity for or the act of remembering, or the thing remembered. memory applies both to the power of remembering and to what is remembered. gifted with a remarkable memory that incident was now just a distant memory remembrance applies to the act of remembering or the fact of being remembered. any remembrance of his deceased wife was painful recollection adds an implication of consciously bringing back to mind often with some effort. after a moment's recollection he produced the name reminiscence suggests the recalling of usually pleasant incidents, experiences, or feelings from a remote past. my grandmother's reminiscences of her Iowa girlhood

Examples of reminiscence in a Sentence

his reminiscences about the war were painful to hear we wondered whether she could trust her reminiscence of events that happened so long ago
Recent Examples on the Web For fans still experiencing a wistful reminiscence, be assured that the basketball experience will be much like Oakland’s. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors debut at Chase Center: What will it mean for fans?," 24 Oct. 2019 Smallwood is captivating as a forceful reminiscence of Vi’s girlhood self. Daily Pilot, "On Theater: ‘Violet’ wilts on Costa Mesa stage," 21 Oct. 2019 Yes, this was a greatest hits show designed for those nostalgic for the early ’80s, and the 100-minute set surely sparked warm reminiscences. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "It was hits — and misses — for Hall and Oates at Minnesota State Fair Grandstand," 28 Aug. 2019 Despite its flaws, the 20th anniversary of Friends occasioned a flurry of positive reminiscences. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Mysteriously Enduring Appeal of Friends," 10 Sep. 2019 Beyond all the showmanship, all the mesmerizing lights on stage, there are the pure words of the songs that take you back to that sweet reminiscence of the band's start in the 1990's. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Backstreet Boys bring high energy to Houston fans for their 'DNA World Tour'," 31 Aug. 2019 Kamala Harris criticized his recent reminiscences about working with segregationist senators and pressed him on his opposition to busing for school integration. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Where the Democratic race stands before the second debate," 31 July 2019 The last night for the popular nightspot was filled with reminiscences, tears and laughter. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Venue closes, but ‘Jurassic World’ dinosaurs are coming ... and so is Christmas," 16 Sep. 2019 Yet tears feature in one of the few personal reminiscences shared by Mr Ren. The Economist, "Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, defends Deng Xiaoping’s Chinese model," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of reminiscence

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Reminiscence.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reminiscence. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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reminiscence

noun
How to pronounce reminiscence (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reminiscence

formal
: a story that someone tells about something that happened in the past
: the act of remembering or telling about past experiences

reminiscence

noun
rem·​i·​nis·​cence | \ ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊns How to pronounce reminiscence (audio) \

Kids Definition of reminiscence

1 : the act of recalling or telling of a past experience
2 reminiscences plural : a story of a person's memorable experiences

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