Definition of reminiscence in English:



  • 1A story told about a past event remembered by the narrator.

    ‘his reminiscences of his early days in Parliament’
    • ‘In such cases, providing a family photo album and sharing reminiscences may help.’
    • ‘His remarks provide no startling insights, but do cover a number of interesting reminiscences of people and events.’
    • ‘There were no rock star anecdotes or reminiscences about his years in the ‘biz’.’
    • ‘Mr. President, allow me to start with a personal reminiscence.’
    • ‘It promises to be a gala evening of memories and reminiscences as past pupils and their friends swing to the music of the Sixties.’
    • ‘Permit me to indulge once again my childhood reminiscences.’
    • ‘Any personal reminiscences, photographs, accounts of Service life and any other information relating to this area of Southern Hampshire during the war years will also be warmly welcomed.’
    • ‘Subsequently it has only been through the reminiscences of his colleagues and through curators selecting his photographs posthumously for exhibitions, that Rudolf's work has reached any kind of public platform.’
    • ‘On the occasion of his 95th birthday, the city of Paris celebrates his work with an exhibition in the hall of the Hôtel-de-Ville, retracing 75 years of his career, with stories and reminiscences by the artist.’
    • ‘It was an entertaining and interesting track, with a nice mix of production detail, reminiscences about the shooting, and personal stories.’
    • ‘It contains heartfelt stories and reminiscences as he remembers them, triumphs and tragedies that are part and parcel of a commander's or staff officer's career.’
    • ‘The commentary track for Female Trouble is filled with funny stories and reminiscences.’
    • ‘Over coffee and Cointreau, the cook resumed her reminiscences of preparing edible food under hostile conditions.’
    • ‘This trend can be seen in letters, memoirs, diaries, regimental histories, anecdotes, reminiscences, and interviews by combat veterans during and after the war.’
    • ‘Their sessions had lost much of the earlier intensity, devolving at times into long reminiscences - war stories, if you will - that had the effect of fleshing out and humanizing the mere facts with which they had plied her.’
    • ‘Perhaps your article will provoke more reminiscences from those who remember him still, and perhaps this will prompt an enlightened curator or two to try to do more for him.’
    • ‘They connected with reminiscences of their past.’
    • ‘Very little of this material repeats the footage used in the program, and it's a pleasure to get to listen to these actresses offer more reminiscences, commentary, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.’
    • ‘Someday, this car, too, is likely to evoke the affection, the stories, and the reminiscences that the restored 240Z did when I took it to a Kool & the Gang concert this summer.’
    • ‘There were reminiscences of former postmen who travelled on foot, by bicycle and a ‘Honda’ motor cycle, going back 70 to 80 years.’
    memories, recollections, reflections, remembrances, anecdotes
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    1. 1.1mass noun The enjoyable recollection of past events.
      ‘his story made me smile in reminiscence’
      • ‘Her talk and reminiscence were one of the highlights of the weekend.’
      • ‘She has not turned onto the dead-end road of reminiscence, disability and dependence, but rather onto the long, fulfilling road of life, happiness, and salvation.’
      • ‘Mac smiled at his reminiscence as he looked at her sleeping now in her hospital gown.’
      • ‘We told old stories, sure, but it was not merely wistful reminiscence.’
      • ‘There was nothing here but nostalgia and reminiscence.’
      • ‘I smiled in reminiscence as I ran my hands over it.’
      • ‘I believe the emphasis on nostalgic reminiscence indicated anxiety about a century marked by colonialism and military dictatorship, followed by a recent sharp decline in living standards and failure of infrastructure.’
      • ‘If you expect a moment of regret and fond reminiscence you're very much mistaken.’
      • ‘Peter smiled weakly, unsettled by this swell of reminiscence.’
      • ‘The sky turned red over Buckingham Palace as a 250,000-strong crowd and the royal family watched a Lancaster bomber scatter the flowers following a day of reminiscence, reflection and entertainment.’
      • ‘Sleepily, I recalled the events of the night with content reminiscence.’
      • ‘The website invites an assortment of love letters anything ranging from letters of reminiscence to letters that carry promises of unspoken love.’
      • ‘The Astros and White Sox worked hard to get to the series, but their rosters surely don't offer up fodder for grandfatherly reminiscence down the road.’
      • ‘He salted the argument with just enough personal reminiscence to make it committed without being confessional.’
      • ‘This one has you indulge in the reminiscence of five childhood food memories.’
      • ‘It still makes me smile in reminiscence, seeing the look on a young kid's face when you drag him off the floor while the band plays on.’
      • ‘More prosaically, the preference for what is known underlies the pleasures of nostalgic reminiscence and the company of old friends.’
      • ‘Her existence had been wiped brutally from the earth, and yet he was already thinking of her in nostalgic reminiscence.’
      • ‘I bet that anyone who has passed this stage, will, at this point have a faint smile of fond reminiscence.’
      • ‘It won't offer much in the way of analysis; it won't put forward any grand or foolish theories; personal reminiscence will be kept to a minimum; I have no expert knowledge to drop and I don't want to change your mind about anything.’
      recollection, nostalgia
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    2. 1.2reminiscences A collection in literary form of incidents that someone remembers.
      • ‘William James quoting from the childhood reminiscences of Ballard, a deaf mute, and Laura Brigman's case, a blind-deaf mute, however, illustrate the two points aptly enough.’
      • ‘We read his reminiscences of travel to many different parts of the globe.’
      • ‘Kiernan's reminiscences of India, though brief and sketchy, have been published for the first time in this collection.’
      • ‘If Halder's diary can be regarded as obligatory literature for Ledokol's subject matter, I would describe the reminiscences of General Field Marshal Manstein as recommended literature.’
      • ‘‘Self-effacing’ is a not a term that many would apply to Menzies, but his reminiscences could be described as such.’
      memories, recollections, reflections, remembrances, anecdotes
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  • 2A characteristic of one thing that is suggestive of another.

    ‘his first works are too full of reminiscences of earlier poetry’
    • ‘The terraced square of rough stone blocks follows the terrain, suggesting an odd reminiscence of prehistoric megaliths.’
    trace, vestige, remains, remnant, relic, survival, ghost, memory, evocation, recollection, remembrance, reminder, souvenir, sign, mark, indication, token, suggestion, hint, evidence, clue, allusion, intimation
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Late 16th century (denoting the action of remembering): from late Latin reminiscentia, from Latin reminisci ‘remember’.