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

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Until then, 100 keepsake numbered units of the stand mixer with glass bowl and flex edge beater will be released exclusively on Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "KitchenAid’s New Queen of Hearts Mixer Is H-O-T," 28 Feb. 2019 Many Reddit users commented that the letter made them cry, and suggested that Shoukry frame the letter as a keepsake. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "A Man Sold His VCR on eBay and Received the Sweetest Thank-You Note From the 86-Year-Old Buyer," 20 Feb. 2019 Farquhar offered to go retrieve the keepsake, perhaps for a photo. David Haugh, The Seattle Times, "Laughter, optimism surround ex-Mariner Danny Farquhar after brain aneurysm," 17 July 2018 This isn't the first time William has joked about George asking for a keepsake from work. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Joked That Prince George Would "Never Forgive" Him If He Forgot a Certain Souvenir," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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 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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