keep·​sake ˈkēp-ˌsāk How to pronounce keepsake (audio)
: something kept or given to be kept as a memento

Example Sentences

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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Word History


keep entry 1 + -sake (as in namesake)

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of keepsake was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Keepsake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


keep·​sake ˈkēp-ˌsāk How to pronounce keepsake (audio)
: something kept or given to be kept in memory of a person, place, or happening

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