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

Definition of keepsake

: something kept or given to be kept as a memento

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 That soaring voice and that impeccable delivery that always sounded effortless equate to a worthy keepsake of Houston’s potency. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2021 Maverick Beckham is holding a special keepsake of his late older brother close to his heart. Georgia Slater,, 17 Sep. 2021 Hunt already took home a keepsake from set long before filming wrapped for its last time. Marc Malkin, Variety, 3 Nov. 2021 To this end, Joe cuts off two of his toes (!) and bakes one of them into a chicken pot pie (!!!) and puts another in a little keepsake box next to evidence from all the other murders (!!!!!!!). Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 Kits will include food and beverage items, and a pair of keepsake wine glasses. William Earl, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 Each guest received an anniversary keepsake poster and a commemorative park map. Dewayne Bevil,, 13 Oct. 2021 There's no shame in taking a keepsake to remember your work on one of the biggest television shows in history. Nick Romano,, 29 Sep. 2021 The museum says Kennedy gifted the rocking chair to the Waldorf Astoria in 1962, in keeping with a tradition of presidents donating a keepsake as a remembrance of their stays in the hotel’s presidential suite., 11 Sep. 2021

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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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6 Dec 2021

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“Keepsake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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