[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. remington,
  2. remington, eliphalet,
  3. remington, frederic,
  4. reminisce,
  5. reminiscence,
  6. reminiscential,
  7. remiped,
  8. remise,
  9. remiss,
  10. remissible

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 formsrem·i·nis·cent·ly, adverbun·rem·i·nis·cent, adjectiveun·rem·i·nis·cent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reminiscent


/ (ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsənt) /


(postpositive foll by of) stimulating memories (of) or comparisons (with)
characterized by reminiscence
(of a person) given to reminiscing
Derived Formsreminiscently, adverb

Word Origin for reminiscent

C18: from Latin reminiscī to call to mind, from re- + mēns mind

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Word Origin and History for reminiscent



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

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