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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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Examples from the Web for reminiscently
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  • "That is the joy due every healthy pair in the world," Cavanaugh went on, reminiscently.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • “Since the first night I met her,” he said slowly and reminiscently.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • "There was Richard Tavernake who farmed the low fields," he remarked, reminiscently.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "I raffled that bed off," he continued, low and reminiscently.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • He laughed, reminiscently rather than merrily, and was to my mind bent on getting a grip on himself again.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • She laughed a little, reminiscently, and Norah looked interested.

  • “It must have been just about here,” he said, 235 reminiscently, as he hitched the horse to a tree and held out his hand to Carey.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • "That's the trouble with these suffragettes," she said reminiscently.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • "Nigh about twelve years ago," the light-keeper said reminiscently.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • "Yes, that'll stretch a feller's legs," the bone man admitted, reminiscently.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for reminiscently


(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 reminiscently



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

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