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[rem-uh-nis-uh nt]
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  1. awakening memories of something similar; suggestive (usually followed by of): His style of writing is reminiscent of Melville's.
  2. characterized by or of the nature of reminiscence.
  3. given to reminiscence: a reminiscent old sailor.
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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
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Related Words for reminiscent

evocative, similar, redolent, nostalgic, implicative, mnemonic, remindful

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British Dictionary definitions for reminiscent


  1. (postpositive foll by of) stimulating memories (of) or comparisons (with)
  2. characterized by reminiscence
  3. (of a person) given to reminiscing
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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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