rem·​i·​nis·​cent | \ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊnt \

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


evocative, suggestive



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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

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Friday night's performance, however, was absolutely reminiscent of a playoff-caliber team, as Indiana held the Bucks to nine points below their season average of 105. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers victorious after brutal, playoff-like battle with Bucks," 2 Mar. 2018 While reminiscent of Jeep's 2018 Super Bowl ad featuring Jeff Goldblum and a T-Rex, Bowman said they were inspired by the original Jurassic Park movie in which Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern are chased by the same dinosaur. Alicia Secord, Detroit Free Press, "Tyrannosaurus Rex on skis chases Jeep Wrangler down snow-covered Ferndale street," 11 Feb. 2018 That sounds reminiscent of past U.S. efforts to negotiate North Korea's disarmament with incentives of aid since the mid-1990s — efforts that have ultimately failed. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Analysis: Trump hints at longer path for NKorea to denuke," 2 June 2018 That sounds reminiscent of past U.S. efforts to negotiate North Korea's disarmament with incentives of aid since the mid-1990s -- efforts that have ultimately failed. CBS News, "Trump hints at longer path for North Korea to denuke," 2 June 2018 The tall wood-and-glass front doors are reminiscent of the bay doors on many firehouses. Mark Yost, WSJ, "A Museum to Spark New Interest," 11 July 2018 The texture and longevity are reminiscent of a liquid lipstick, just without the matte finish and drying side effects. Samantha Sasso,, "The Under-$20 Lip Gloss That Makes Me Feel Like A 2000s Pop Star," 7 July 2018 Indeed, the hiccups are reminiscent of when Ethereum launched its blockchain network three years ago, Samani added. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Why This Cryptocurrency Fund Is Long Ethereum and EOS, Short Litecoin and Ripple," 29 June 2018 This lack of direction and the sparse, immersive world are reminiscent of Breath of the Wild, and there are other similarities as well. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Sable looks like a Moebius comic and plays like Breath of the Wild," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of reminiscent

: reminding you of someone or something else : similar to something else

: thinking about the past : having many thoughts of the past


rem·​i·​nis·​cent | \ˌre-mə-ˈni-sᵊnt \

Kids Definition of reminiscent

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

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