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We all have them. Experiences we will never forget. Fond moments we will forever cherish.

But I was surprised I could not think of any word to describe such a valuable thing.

Is there any word that means a precious memory?

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  • The German language seems fond of joining two or more words together to make a new word which expresses a single idea, like this. This phenomenon isn't as common in English. I don't believe this exists: people would just say "precious memories". – Max Williams May 31 '16 at 12:46
  • Only answers you'll probably get are synonyms of those two words mixed and matched. – NVZ May 31 '16 at 13:42

You can call it a treasure or a treasured memory.

Defined by Merriam Webster as

(verb) to hold or keep as precious.

(noun) something that is very special, important, or valuable.


I think the best you are going to do is the word reminiscence.

A reminiscence could be pleasant and precious, though not necessarily. In its favor is that the person who is reminiscing is choosing to remember something precious, whereas a person with an unpleasant memory might choose to suppress or repress it (though I'm sure there are people who hold onto bad memories and re-live them, so to speak, again and again masochistically).

Not in its favor is that reminiscence is often accompanied by a descriptor. Some examples:

  • a pleasant reminiscence

  • a nostalgic reminiscence

  • my favorite reminiscence

  • a shared reminiscence

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