remembrance

Remembrance is when someone remembers things — your grandfather might have uncanny remembrance of his childhood, for example.

The noun remembrance is really just another way to say "memory." It's the process of remembering things that happened in the past. In Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," the character of Ophelia famously says, "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance." The smell of the herb has actually been shown to improve memory, and has historically been a symbol of remembrance. Early uses of remembrance had the meaning "keepsake or souvenir."

Definitions of remembrance
  1. noun
    the ability to recall past occurrences
    synonyms: anamnesis, recollection
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    type of:
    memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity
    the power of retaining and recalling past experience
  2. noun
    a recognition of meritorious service
    synonyms: commemoration, memorial
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    types:
    epitaph
    a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person
    festschrift
    a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar
    type of:
    credit, recognition
    approval
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