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.
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.
Origin and Etymology of memento
Middle English, from Latin, remember, imperative of meminisse to remember; akin to Latin ment-, mens mind — more at mind
First Known Use: 1580
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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