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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The son of one Chinese immigrant, for instance, says his mother probably doesn’t relate much to the memorabilia and items. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018 The beloved boy band drew the show's biggest 2018 summer crowd yet, with fans of all ages coming out to Rumsey Playfield donning all sorts of BSB memorabilia. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Backstreet Boys Take Over Central Park For Electric 'Good Morning America' Performance: Watch," 13 July 2018 Plenty of gaming memorabilia can be found in the museum’s main building. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas' past, from a classic chapel to vintage railroad cars, on display at little-known museum," 5 July 2018 The exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History includes 38 paintings by Barnes, many unseen by the public until now, along with several pieces of memorabilia. Washington Post, "Exhibit features Ernie Barnes, football player turned artist," 4 July 2018 Keeping the presidential memorabilia out of private hands is a priority to avoid removing the rare relics from public view and robbing researchers of the chance to examine them, a representative of the group said. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Marilyn Monroe dress sells for $50,000, buys time for Lincoln Foundation," 24 June 2018 Bring your memories, memorabilia to share for each decade from the 1980s and the 1990s. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 21 May 2018 Don't forget about the Strongsville memorabilia sold in the Olds General Store in the Historic Village. Shirley Macfarland,, "SHS team raises over $15,000 for UH Pediatric Cancer research: Strong Points," 12 Jan. 2018 The new venue will be a celebration of the Braemar Gathering, and will provide a place for the display of memorabilia, trophies, and important archives related to the historic event. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth Steps out with Prince Charles and Princess Anne for the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering," 1 Sep. 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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