from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of recollecting past experiences or events.
  • n. An experience or event recollected: "Her mind seemed wholly taken up with reminiscences of past gaiety” ( Charlotte Brontë).
  • n. A narration of past experiences. Often used in the plural.
  • n. An event that brings to mind a similar, former event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of remembering long-past experiences, often fondly.
  • n. A mental image thus remembered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or power of recalling past experience; the state of being reminiscent; remembrance; memory.
  • n. That which is remembered, or recalled to mind; a statement or narration of remembered experience; a recollection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or power of recollecting; recollection; the voluntary exertion of the reproductive faculty of the understanding; the recalling of the past to mind.
  • n. That which is recollected or recalled to mind; a relation of what is recollected; a narration of past incidents, events, and characteristics within one's personal knowledge; as, the reminiscences of a quinquagenarian.
  • n. In music, a composition which is not intended to be original in its fundamental idea, but only in its manner of treatment.
  • n. In biology, the retention by a modern organism, during its development, of traces of the effect of past ancestral history.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mental impression retained and recalled from the past
  • n. the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin reminīscentiae ("remembrances"), from Latin reminīscēns, present active participle of reminīscor ("remember"); see reminiscent.



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