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
The two of them build a grander, Hollywood Regency-style showplace in Laurel Canyon with parquet floors and 14-foot ceilings, stuffed with mementos from movie sets and the antiques Hankie hoards.
Classmates and friends gather at the site of crash to drop off flowers or mementos.
Colorful feathers, silk flowers and even Chicago Cubs mementos adorned the hats of some of the 360 attendees who turned out for the Service Club of Chicago's annual spring luncheon.
The ground below has been personalized by mementoes left behind—
Press clippings, gear and other mementos rest behind glass on a wall in the terrace club at the ballpark.
They'll also be given mementos normally reserved for graduating seniors: tassels of green and gray, the school's colors.
Instead: Buy whimsical journals and cards, which are cute mementos that don't take up so much space.
Excited tourists grabbed the balls as artistic mementos, while Italian police proceeded to arrest Cecchini.
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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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