the act or power of recollecting, or recalling to mind; remembrance.
something that is recollected: recollections of one's childhood.

Origin of recollection

1635–45; < French récollection or Medieval Latin recollēctiōn- (stem of recollēctiō), equivalent to recollēct(us) (see recollect) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsmis·rec·ol·lec·tion, nounnon·rec·ol·lec·tion, nounself-rec·ol·lec·tion, noun

Synonyms for recollection

1. recall. 1, 2. memory. 2. memoir.


[ree-kuh-lek-shuh n]


the act of re-collecting or the state of being re-collected.

Origin of re-collection

First recorded in 1590–1600; re- + collection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for recollection

reminiscence, memory, remembrance, memoir, recall, retrospection, anamnesis

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British Dictionary definitions for recollection



the act of recalling something from memory; the ability to remember
something remembered; a memory
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Word Origin and History for recollection

1590s, "a gathering together again," from French récollection (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin recollectionem (nominative recollectio), noun of action from past participle stem of recolligere (see recollect). Meaning "act of recalling to memory" is from 1680s; a thing or scene so recalled, from 1781.

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