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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Nearly all of her belongings, including keepsakes from her son's music career, were ruined. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Devastating Photos Show Luke Bryan's Mother's Home Destroyed By Hurricane Michael," 23 Oct. 2018 Since the tragedy, Bledsoe has kept busy salvaging keepsakes from the house and planning a memorial later this month. John Rogers, The Seattle Times, "California man struggles to cope with loss of family in fire," 13 Aug. 2018 While baby will only be able to wear Stella McCartney’s Christmas bodies set for a short while, an Hermès tableware set is a keepsake kind of gift that can be passed down. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Vogue’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Kids, From Tots to Teens," 9 Nov. 2018 For royal-wedding watchers glued to their screens, the keepsakes and tchotchkes are a click away as well. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "The Royal Wedding, Coming to a Podcast, Tell-All and Lifetime Movie Near You," 24 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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