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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Some say the risk for novice investors is reminiscent of the early 2000s tech-stock boom, when online trading became ubiquitous and brought Wall Street to Main Street. Lisa Beilfuss, WSJ, "The Latest Trend in Mobile Gaming: Stock-Trading Apps," 22 Jan. 2019 The shimmery ensemble—which featured a bateau neckline, leg slit, and wrap detailing—was reminiscent of Princess Diana's boundary-pushing royal style. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Sequin Gown Reminds Us of Princess Diana's Iconic Dresses," 16 Jan. 2019 The early results are reminiscent of another Ionis neurological drug, Spinraza, Crooke said. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Ionis drug for Huntington's disease shows early signs of effectiveness," 2 Mar. 2018 Code is quite nice, reminiscent of GNOME's Gedit but without the abandonware feel. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge stunned with a bright red three quarter-sleeve dress, which seemed incredibly reminiscent of the look Princess Diana chose to wear for her royal baby reveal with Prince Harry in 1984. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Dress at Royal Baby No. 3's First Public Appearance Is a Sweet Nod to Princess Diana," 23 Apr. 2018 There's a gravity and seriousness to her expression, and an enigmatic vibe that seems reminiscent of a very famous work to one Detroit art expert. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Why Barack and Michelle Obama's new presidential portraits matter," 18 Feb. 2018 The powder-pink velvet case might seem more reminiscent of Ariana Grande than Michelangelo, but flip open the fuzzy lid and behold the warm, earthy colors favored by Renaissance painters (thus, the name of the palette). Allure, "The 11 Best-Selling Products at Ulta Beauty This Month," 31 Jan. 2018 The Pathless Speaking of Journey, the team who made the vaguely reminiscent underwater adventure Abzu are back with another very pretty game called The Pathless. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "All the big reveals at The Game Awards 2018," 7 Dec. 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 \

Kids Definition of reminiscent

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

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