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 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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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 Very reminiscent of those comments her mother made about Americans being deplorable and irredeemable. Fox News, "Purple Heart recipient helps veterans battle opioid abuse," 29 May 2018 The West Virginia tactics are reminiscent of a gambit pulled by Democrats in last year's Alabama special Senate election. David Wright, CNN, "Dark money tactics used in West Virginia's primary could spread as midterm season heats up," 28 May 2018 The spaces are reminiscent of dorm living, albeit with a modern, elevated feel. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Is this the only way millennials can live in a house?," 24 May 2018 Such sentiments have earned the ire of political and religious conservatives, who have argued that Francis’ stands on income inequality and the environment are reminiscent of socialism. Walter Addiego, Houston Chronicle, "In documentary, Pope Francis urges ‘‘a poor church for the poor’," 19 May 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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