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[rem-uh-nis-uh nt] /ˌrɛm əˈnɪs ənt/
awakening memories of something similar; suggestive (usually followed by of):
His style of writing is reminiscent of Melville's.
characterized by or of the nature of reminiscence.
given to reminiscence:
a reminiscent old sailor.
Origin of reminiscent
1755-65; < Latin reminiscent- (stem of reminiscēns) remembering, present participle of reminiscī, equivalent to re- re- + -minisc(ī) (inceptive v., derivative of the base of mēns mind) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
reminiscently, adverb
unreminiscent, adjective
unreminiscently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reminiscently
Historical Examples
  • "That's the trouble with these suffragettes," she said reminiscently.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • "Yes, that'll stretch a feller's legs," the bone man admitted, reminiscently.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • “Since the first night I met her,” he said slowly and reminiscently.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • “I always did want to live on the Purple Notches,” Thaine said reminiscently.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • "I raffled that bed off," he continued, low and reminiscently.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • She laughed a little, reminiscently, and Norah looked interested.

  • "That was my first silk dress," the woman said reminiscently.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "We had an exciting time at the sale," went on Mr. Harrison reminiscently.

    King Midas Upton Sinclair
  • They soaked me six francs for a single peach once, Monty said reminiscently.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • Then he sighed once more, but not reminiscently: evening had come; the day was over.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for reminiscently


(postpositive) foll by of. stimulating memories (of) or comparisons (with)
characterized by reminiscence
(of a person) given to reminiscing
Derived Forms
reminiscently, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin reminiscī to call to mind, from re- + mēns mind
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Word Origin and History for reminiscently



1705, from Latin reminiscentem (nominative reminiscens), present participle of reminisci "call to mind, remember" (see reminiscence). Related: Reminiscential (1640s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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