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[rem-uh-nis-uh nt] /ˌrɛm əˈnɪs ənt/
awakening memories of something similar; suggestive (usually followed by of):
His style of writing is reminiscent of Melville's.
characterized by or of the nature of reminiscence.
given to reminiscence:
a reminiscent old sailor.
Origin of reminiscent
1755-65; < Latin reminiscent- (stem of reminiscēns) remembering, present participle of reminiscī, equivalent to re- re- + -minisc(ī) (inceptive v., derivative of the base of mēns mind) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
reminiscently, adverb
unreminiscent, adjective
unreminiscently, adverb Unabridged
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  • Miss Lucinda's visits to her brother were reminiscent of a multiplicity of children and a scarcity of room.

  • Its humor is irresistible and reminiscent of the time when the reader was Seventeen.

  • The sunny southern smile was a fleeting one, and left a reminiscent shadow in the eyes.

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  • Robie was busy at his desk, and not in humor for conversation on reminiscent lines.

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  • Those flurries, and the steady rolling of the ship, accounted for the emptiness of the decks, favouring my reminiscent mood.

British Dictionary definitions for reminiscent


(postpositive) foll by of. stimulating memories (of) or comparisons (with)
characterized by reminiscence
(of a person) given to reminiscing
Derived Forms
reminiscently, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin reminiscī to call to mind, from re- + mēns mind
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Word Origin and History for reminiscent

1705, from Latin reminiscentem (nominative reminiscens), present participle of reminisci "call to mind, remember" (see reminiscence). Related: Reminiscential (1640s).

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