rem·​i·​nis·​cent | \ ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊnt How to pronounce reminiscent (audio) \

Definition of reminiscent

1 : of the character of or relating to reminiscence
2 : marked by or given to reminiscence
3 : tending to remind : suggestive

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Other Words from reminiscent

reminiscently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for reminiscent



  • unreminiscent
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Examples of reminiscent in a Sentence

I'm in a reminiscent mood. a sparkling winter day that was oddly reminiscent of summer in its cheering sunniness
Recent Examples on the Web The look is slightly reminiscent of the large shoulder wings found on the rear of large American sedans in the '50s and '60s. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Audi Reveals Q4 Sportback e-tron Concept with Slicker Roofline," 7 July 2020 The group got into plagiarism trouble with rock & roll legend Chuck Berry for this popular number, which was reminiscent of Berry's song Sweet Little Sixteen. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, "The 30 Best Songs About the Beach," 29 June 2020 Left-wing opposition parties, including a party that led the previous government, strongly criticized the plan, describing it as being reminiscent of a right-wing dictatorship in Greece between 1967 and 1974. Washington Post, "Greece: Plan to rein in protests triggers protests," 29 June 2020 Franziska sneaks out of the house through his window, a scene eerily reminiscent of Ulrich Nielsen sneaking out in season 1. Ashley Chervinski,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Dark Final Season Recap," 28 June 2020 On Wednesday, Trump's current national security advisor, Robert O'Brien, assailed China's leadership in stark rhetoric reminiscent of the Cold War. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Trump’s China hawks are taking wing," 26 June 2020 The manner in which they are being implemented is reminiscent of previous Ethiopian regimes. Biruk Terrefe, Quartz Africa, "Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about Ethiopia’s spatial justice and urban design," 25 June 2020 This year's tech rally is indeed eerily reminiscent of that late 1990s and early 2000s period, when the Nasdaq surged past the 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 levels in a matter of months before finally peaking -- and then crashing in April of 2000. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "A new tech bubble is inflating. Will it blow up?," 18 June 2020 That’s the primary concern of Antoinette Nwandu’s tragic and existential 2017 play, inspired in part by the shooting of Trayvon Martin and in a vein reminiscent of Waiting for Godot. Ew Staff,, "Recommended movies, shows, podcasts, and more addressing systemic racism and police brutality," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of reminiscent

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reminiscent

Latin reminiscent-, reminiscens, present participle of reminisci to remember, from re- + -minisci (akin to Latin ment-, mens mind) — more at mind

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10 Jul 2020

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“Reminiscent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reminiscent

: reminding you of someone or something else : similar to something else
literary + formal : thinking about the past : having many thoughts of the past


rem·​i·​nis·​cent | \ ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊnt How to pronounce reminiscent (audio) \

Kids Definition of reminiscent

: being a reminder of something else The movie's style is reminiscent of old westerns.

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