keep·​sake | \ ˈkēp-ˌsāk How to pronounce keepsake (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Before doing a postgame interview on the field, Tagovailoa handed Brian Flores the game ball, insisting the second-year Dolphins coach who named him starter and had a hand in drafting him fifth overall earlier this year, own the keepsake. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins’ Tua on giving Brian Flores game ball: It was ‘thank you for taking a shot on me’," 11 Nov. 2020 Ed also drops a keepsake marble collection jar, boobytrapped by Peter, and slips wildly onto the floor among the marbles. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Snakes, shaves, dodgeball battles: Robert De Niro endures his greatest film blows in 'War With Grandpa'," 9 Oct. 2020 No mere keepsake, the heavy stick with a straight blade is at once a state tournament artifact and an indication how far the sport has come, equipment and otherwise. David La Vaque Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Boys' tournament legacy more than just Edina," 20 Oct. 2020 It’s both a keepsake and a great conversation starter. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "Why You Should Always Mail Yourself a Postcard When Traveling," 4 Oct. 2020 The keepsake lantern actually glows to highlight its intricate gold and jade green designs. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Mid-autumn Festival Is a Magical Way to Celebrate the Full Harvest Moon — Here's How to Join In," 29 Sep. 2020 Simply upload an image along with any notes your designer should keep in mind, your size selection and indoor or outdoor fabric, and enjoy this special keepsake for years to come. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "15 helpful products you never knew existed," 24 Sep. 2020 The keepsake recording is given to the patient’s family. Mort Mazor,, "Music therapist serenades hospice patients - from a distance," 11 Sep. 2020 For now, Barnes will keep the mammoth bone as a keepsake. Jenna Kunze, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic youth finds woolly mammoth bone at least 12,000 years old," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Keepsake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce keepsake (audio) \

Kids Definition of keepsake

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

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