Definition of reminiscence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌremɪˈnɪsns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌremɪˈnɪsns//
    Old age
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  1. 1[countable, usually plural] a spoken or written description of something that somebody remembers about their past life synonym memory The book is a collection of his reminiscences about the actress. reminiscences of a wartime childhood
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of remembering things that happened in the past synonym recollection The role of reminiscence in family history research should never be underestimated. See related entries: Old age
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] something that reminds you of something similar Her music is full of reminiscences of African rhythms.
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting the action of remembering): from late Latin reminiscentia, from Latin reminisci ‘remember’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reminiscence