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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In many ways, Warren’s presidential campaign is reminiscent of that first 2011 listening tour. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Why isn’t Elizabeth Warren more popular in Massachusetts?," 30 July 2019 The case is reminiscent of one in Oklahoma where 18-year-old Deonte Green was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison for fatally shooting a teacher, raping an 81-year-old woman and other crimes. Washington Post, "Texas teenager accused of murder, rapes to be tried as adult," 29 July 2019 Last week’s mob attack was reminiscent of another clash on July 21, in which a pro-Beijing mob beat protesters and bystanders in Yuen Long, a satellite town in northwestern Hong Kong that is not far from the Chinese mainland. Mike Ives,, "Hong Kong convulsed by protest as police fire tear gas into subway," 11 Aug. 2019 The kick was reminiscent of Cody Parkey’s missed field goal that ended the Bears’ postseason on Jan. 6 against the Eagles. Colleen Kane,, "Panthers 23, Bears 13: Rookies David Montgomery and Elliott Fry do their part in the preseason opener at Soldier Field," 9 Aug. 2019 Outside the world of genre, the storyline is reminiscent of GLOW, the Netflix series based on a group of real women wrestlers from the ’80s. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor: An Anti-Hate Pop Culture Syllabus," 9 Aug. 2019 The soft light is reminiscent of a Renaissance painting, styled with little details like his pill bottles, a Captain America shield, and blurred iconography in the background offering hope and metaphorical rays of sunshine. National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, August 9, 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 Like, what is the creepiest thing that is reminiscent of every horror film ever. Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Trip Around Someone Else's Wedding: Women Who Travel Podcast," 6 Aug. 2019 The attack on the protesters was reminiscent of a mob assault in a train station last month. NBC News, "Clashes break out as Hong Kong protesters paralyze city's transport network in strike," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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