noun rem·i·nis·cence \ ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊn(t)s \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of reminiscence

1 : apprehension of a Platonic idea as if it had been known in a previous existence
2 a : recall to mind of a long-forgotten experience or fact
b : the process or practice of thinking or telling about past experiences
3 a : 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

Examples of reminiscence in a Sentence

  1. his reminiscences about the war were painful to hear

  2. we wondered whether she could trust her reminiscence of events that happened so long ago

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First Known Use of reminiscence


in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of reminiscence

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

REMINISCENCE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of reminiscence for English Language Learners

  • : a story that someone tells about something that happened in the past

  • : the act of remembering or telling about past experiences

REMINISCENCE Defined for Kids


noun rem·i·nis·cence \ ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊns \

Definition of reminiscence for Students

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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