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


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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Fleshy and smooshed, the image is more reminiscent of roadkill than a human eye. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Eric Prydz is going to DJ inside a giant glowing sphere — here’s how it was made," 9 July 2019 Fifty-five degrees Fahrenheit in mid-April is more reminiscent of fall’s weather than of spring. Amie Just,, "The Les Miles Show brings signs of life, hope to Kansas football program," 28 June 2019 Overwatch developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment, which oversees the league, created a league more reminiscent of traditional sports: Rather than organizations, teams are assigned cities, like the Houston Outlaws or London Spitfire. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, the exterior, more reminiscent of an amusement park than a shopping center, will be clad in fabric canopies on top and lined with monochrome porcelain panels on the side. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Playful shopping mall designed by Will Alsop to be built in Kenya," 10 July 2018 The problem, though, is that these campuses are generally designed to be fun, welcoming places more reminiscent of an open college campus than a secured facility. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "YouTube vowed to increase security after the attack — but that’s a tough task on tech campuses," 5 Apr. 2018 Castro turned in an outing that was much more reminiscent of his valuable long relief appearances in 2017 than this spring's rotation tryout. Jon Meoli,, "Nestor Cortes Jr., Miguel Castro finish uneven springs strongly in Orioles' win over Phillies," 25 Mar. 2018 Where other red wines taste predictably of fruit desserts, from cherry pie to blueberry cobbler, pinot noirs can be far more earthy, with an outdoorsy scent that can be more reminiscent of walks in the woods than of baked goods. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Angeline 'Reserve' Pinot Noir," 15 Mar. 2018 Like Cinq a Sept’s fall collection, the Victorian elements were more reminiscent of the scrappy, rebellious Jo of Little Women than prim and proper capital-L ladies of the same time period. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, "At Sies Marjan and Zimmermann, More Is More," 13 Feb. 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
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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