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 As a result, 'Girls' is a bittersweet comedic reminiscence of what was a tragic time in pop culture. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, the intrepid journalist got lost again, in a good way —in reminiscence and in conversation with Times columnist Mary McNamara. Tyler Malone, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 The whole walk after Crum Hall was maybe a mile, part reminiscence and part photo opp. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 19 Mar. 2022 Both Licorice Pizza and West Side Story also revel in cinephilic reminiscence, though less memoiristically than Belfast. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2022 The book-for-one (though written as if others would read it as well, someday) contains 14 little chapters, each a reminiscence by a different friend/colleague. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Such frank moments punctuate this dense book, and these, more than strict reminiscence, constitute the personal nature of his history. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 The essay is a strange brew: part cultural reminiscence, part memoir, part attempt to delineate the difference between a good work of art and a perfect one. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 The former Test legend’s stubbornness and lethargy to read the room has been reminiscence of beleaguered Australia prime minister Scott Morrison. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of reminiscence

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reminiscence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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