plural noun
mem·o·ra·bil·ia | \ˌme-mə-rə-ˈbi-lē-ə, -ˈbē-lē-ə, -ˈbil-yə\

Definition of memorabilia 

1 : things that are remarkable and worthy of remembrance a wealth of early railroad memorabilia

2 : things that stir recollection or are valued or collected for their association with a particular field or interest : mementos baseball memorabilia

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It’s Friday, and my offer to buy 21st Century Fox in exchange for my collection of Titanic memorabilia still has not received regulatory approval. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Documentaries Just Might Solve Everything," 29 June 2018 To bring some of the history of the site into the building, the district would welcome donations of Playland memorabilia; send a message to to offer items from the favorite fun spot. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Small world southeast of downtown San Antonio fell to progress," 16 June 2018 Clips from the show are played with a plethora of memorabilia. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Oprah’s Undeniable Influence on American History Recognized in New Smithsonian Exhibition," 8 June 2018 The Centre for Retail Research estimates that £30 million of memorabilia will be sold to mark the May 19th royal wedding. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "The Royal Family Is Fiercely Protective of Its Brand—Until a Royal Wedding Rolls Around," 18 May 2018 The Obamas presented her with a set of memorabilia and photographs from her parents’ trip to the U.S. in 1939. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Here's How Every Meeting Between the Queen and a U.S. President Went," 12 July 2018 Boyle estimates that 90 percent of the photos, posters, album covers and other memorabilia now on the walls of Folk Arts date to Curtiss’ ownership of the store. George Varga,, "Lou Curtiss, a key mentor to Tom Waits, Jack Tempchin and other musicians, has died at 79," 10 July 2018 Members of the local hip-hop community are being invited to bring pictures, recordings, flyers, magazines and other unique memorabilia to the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Saturday. Fox News, "Library collecting artifacts from Boston's hip hop scene," 19 May 2018 One wall pops with Star Wars scene wallpaper, and figurines and other memorabilia are everywhere. Roxanne Washington,, "Cool Spaces: Elegant white brick home one of five to be featured on Bath home/garden tour: (photos)," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of memorabilia

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for memorabilia

Latin, from neuter plural of memorabilis

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English Language Learners Definition of memorabilia

: objects or materials that are collected because they are related to a particular event, person, etc. : things collected as souvenirs

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