[rem-uh-nis-uh nt]


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 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

Examples from the Web for reminiscently

Historical Examples of reminiscently

  • "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

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 Formsreminiscently, adverb

Word Origin for reminiscent

C18: from Latin reminiscī to call to mind, from re- + mēns mind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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