memorabilia

plural noun

mem·​o·​ra·​bil·​ia ˌme-mə-rə-ˈbi-lē-ə How to pronounce memorabilia (audio)
-ˈbē-lē-ə,
-ˈbil-yə
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

Examples of memorabilia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roman was persuaded to surrender the potentially lucrative piece of memorabilia for an autographed bat, an autographed ball and two autographed caps. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The three-day event included even more memorabilia from Monroe, including her former grave marker. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 That piece of Beatles history is far from the only bit of music memorabilia available for viewing (and purchase) at the book fair. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 27 Mar. 2024 After Bennett’s death last July at 96, Danny Bennett realized the extent of memorabilia his father had left behind in a storage space in New York. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2024 Author Neil Gaiman hosted a special event featuring art and memorabilia from his 35 year career, including many one of a kind items like a depiction of the Sandman character Death by the late French artist Moebius, which sold for over $85,000. Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Owner Jimmy Simms is planning to open Old Time Sake at 2221 N. Humboldt Ave., where the age minimum might be as old as 30, and it will be filled with old-time memorabilia. Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2024 Daniels’ collection is part of a larger multi-day entertainment memorabilia auction, which will feature over 1,700 items from film and TV. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Feb. 2024 Somewhere fans could watch the three-time Super Bowl champs in action during training camp, ogle team memorabilia and empty their wallets on food, gear and hotel rooms? Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, from neuter plural of memorabilis

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of memorabilia was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Memorabilia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memorabilia. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

memorabilia

noun plural
mem·​o·​ra·​bil·​ia ˌmem-ə-rə-ˈbil-ē-ə How to pronounce memorabilia (audio)
-ˈbil-yə
1
: things worth remembering
2
: things valued or collected for their relation to a particular field or interest
baseball memorabilia
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