reminiscence

[rem-uh-nis-uhns]
noun
1.
the act or process of recalling past experiences, events, etc.
2.
a mental impression retained and revived.
3.
Often, reminiscences. a recollection narrated or told: reminiscences of an American soldier.
4.
something that recalls or suggests something else.
5.
(in Platonic philosophy) anamnesis ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French < Late Latin reminiscentia. See reminiscent, -ence


1. recollection. 2. memory. 3. anecdote, tale, memoir. 4. reminder.
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reminiscence (ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsəns)
 
n
1.  the act of recalling or narrating past experiences
2.  (often plural) some past experience, event, etc, that is recalled or narrated; anecdote
3.  an event, phenomenon, or experience that reminds one of something else
4.  (in the philosophy of Plato) the doctrine that perception and recognition of particulars is possible because the mind has seen the universal forms of all things in a previous disembodied existence
5.  psychol the ability to perform a task better when tested some time after the task has been learnt than when tested immediately after learning it

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reminiscence
1580s, "act of remembering," from L.L. reminiscentia "remembrance, recollection," from reminiscentem (nom. reminiscens), prp. of reminisci "remember, recall to mind," from re- "again" + minisci "to remember," from root of mens "mind," from PIE base *men-/*mon- "think" (see
mind (n.)). Meaning "a recollection of something past" is attested from 1811.
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Example sentences
Best to leave reminiscences aside and get on with the business at hand.
The day is being marked by speeches, parties, and reminiscences.
No other season in sports has spawned so many reminiscences, so much
  commentary, so much myth and legend.
But there, for some reason, his reminiscences stopped.
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