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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This gallery in a vending kiosk at Weller Court in Little Tokyo is being transformed into an ever-evolving installation composed of keepsakes, found objects and other ephemera by Wawrinofksy. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: A painter slyly picks apart the tropes through which women are seen," 5 Sep. 2019 The players get to keep the shoes as personal keepsakes instead of auctioning them off, which could have raised a significant amount of money for charity. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Phoenix Mercury will share their souls on their shoes for Woman of Inspiration Night," 2 Sep. 2019 In addition to being able to view Tarantino's films, fans attending the ArcLight event will be treated to nostalgic beverage offerings, guest Q&As and commemorative keepsakes. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': Cinerama Dome Sets Quentin Tarantino Tribute," 15 July 2019 Her small living room was full of keepsakes from El Salvador—family photos, a hammock from her home town, a colorful blanket over the couch—and the everyday objects of her American life, now nearly three decades in. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar stores many of his keepsakes in his 3-year-old daughter’s room. Nathan Ruiz,, "Jonathan Villar hits for cycle, but Orioles allow more home run records in 9-6 loss to Yankees," 6 Aug. 2019 The additions include luggage tags with Harry Potter characters on them, photos from the photography studio at the park and a keepsake box that includes a travel planning guide. Marco Santana,, "Universal Studios adds to Harry Potter visitor packages as Disney nears Galaxy’s Edge debut," 5 Aug. 2019 Please drop by to see me from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hobnob or share one of your precious keepsakes. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "Bay Area summer collectibles events from Moss Landing to Niles," 4 July 2019 For an elevated keepsake, look for objects that embody the unique culture of your destination. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019

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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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