Definition of memento
: something that serves to warn or remind a museum filled with war mementos — Libby Lubin; also : souvenir mementos of their travels
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Examples of memento in a Sentence
a collection of photographs and mementos
It was a memento of our trip.
Recent Examples of memento from the Web
Visit the stand to gather supplies for a barbecue, picnic, or a roadside snack, and make sure to grab extra to take back to the city with you: our favorite kind of upstate memento.
And for a takeaway memento, the words of the proposal can be etched in glass.
Your kids will come home with a wonderful memento of their vacation.
Six months later, the photos and mementos from the service are still out.
This cover - dated March 1, 2009 - looks like an impressive memento from Trump's pre-presidential career.
From there Joo knew their travel mementos were a great place to start.
This cover — dated March 1, 2009 — looks like an impressive memento from Trump's pre-presidential career.
Because there’s no naturally occurring asphalt at the La Brea station site, ancient mementos pulled from its sedimentary layers will eventually wind up at the Natural History Museum.
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Did You Know?
Memento comes from the imperative form of "meminisse," a Latin verb that literally means "to remember." (The term memento mori, meaning "a reminder of mortality," translates as "remember that you must die.") The history of "memento" makes it clear where its spelling came from, but because a memento often helps one remember a particular moment, people occasionally spell the term "momento." That second version is usually considered a misspelling, but it appears often enough in edited prose to have been considered acceptable for entry in Webster's Third New International Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary.
MEMENTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of memento for English Language Learners
: something that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or thing
MEMENTO Defined for Kids
Definition of memento for Students
: something that serves as a reminder She collected mementos on her trip.
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