keep·​sake | \ˈkēp-ˌsāk \

Definition of keepsake 

: something kept or given to be kept as a memento

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Examples of keepsake in a Sentence

We were given books as keepsakes of the trip. saved the tassel from her mortarboard as a keepsake of her high school graduation

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Several sources confirm that the keepsake is from Parisian designer Vanessa Tugendhaft. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles Have Almost Identical Cross Bracelets," 18 July 2018 Along with a steady salary, both Gionta and Kelly brought plenty of keepsakes home from PyeongChang—signed sticks and jerseys, yes, but memorable experiences too. Alex Prewitt,, "Olympic Captains Brian Gionta and Chris Kelly Back in the NHL After a Whirlwind Year," 12 Mar. 2018 In addition, Meghan wore a special keepsake: Harry’s late mother Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Meghan Markle's Friends Serena Williams & Priyanka Chopra Change Into Glamorous Reception Gowns," 19 May 2018 Baby Lounge’s Gavin the Goat cashmere baby blanket comes in a box built for a baby’s keepsakes. Melissa Magsaysay,, "Mother's Day gift guide: Show mom how much you care by giving her one of these gifts," 3 May 2018 Art materials will be available for individuals, families and children to create keepsakes in honor of those who died (4-5:30 p.m.); remembrance ceremony with readings, music and messages of hope (starting at 5:45 p.m.). Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville this week: Oscar watch party, Bourbon Classic & more," 28 Feb. 2018 Designed as keepsakes and presented alongside Triplé Gagnant, a travel-size trio of sprays in hits like Blanche, La Tulipe, and Gypsy Water, the combs represent a luxurious take on grooming—and one that is informed by history. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Byredo’s New Keepsake Combs Pay Tribute to Africa’s Beloved Queens," 13 July 2018 The girls' shoes were by one of Meghan's favorite footwear designers, Aquazurra, each pair monogrammed with the bridesmaids' initials and the wedding date—a gift to the children from Meghan as a keepsake. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan & Harry's Bridesmaids and Page Boys Are Very Different from Kate & William's," 19 May 2018 As investigators continued their search of DeAngelo’s house for class rings, earrings, dishes and keepsakes the culprit stole from crime scenes, Candace Creech and her teenage daughter showed up in the Citrus Heights neighborhood out of curiosity. Washington Post, "Ex-relative of suspected serial killer: ‘True shock and awe’," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of keepsake

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for keepsake

keep entry 1 + -sake (as in namesake)

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The first known use of keepsake was in 1790

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English Language Learners Definition of keepsake

: something that you keep to help you remember a person, place, or event : a memento or souvenir


keep·​sake | \ˈkēp-ˌsāk \

Kids Definition of keepsake

: something kept or given to be kept in memory of a person, place, or happening

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