plural noun
mem·​o·​ra·​bil·​ia | \ ˌme-mə-rə-ˈbi-lē-ə How to pronounce memorabilia (audio) , -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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In conjunction with fundraising, historians are asking for school items, especially photographs and memorabilia from Canterbury Elementary School, be brought to them for scanning into the Greendale Schools Digital Archive. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hidden away for nearly a half century, historic Hauser statue in Greendale might be revealed once more," 25 June 2018 That can include anything from galley carts and seats to unique memorabilia from inside the cabin or other pieces of a plane. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "United frequent-fliers splurge on miles to see Boeing 747 'disassembly center'," 6 June 2018 Squares of incandescent and neon light shine through the windows onto the street, two Lotto machines glimmer in the corner, memorabilia from all of Philly’s teams cover the walls. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 This museum is perfect for folks who will geek out about memorabilia from the Olympics, boxing, rugby union, and other Australian sports. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 All of my trophies and sports memorabilia from star athletes are displayed in one room upstairs. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Where a Basketball Pioneer Took Her First Shot," 24 July 2018 Rail Fest also featured booths offering for sale memorabilia from actual railroad companies — the kind that can only be found at a train show. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Homewood festival celebrates village's railroad legacy," 21 May 2018 The exhibit, which will run through mid-June, was created by museum assistant Sarah Kimes, and features memorabilia from school years ending in 8, from yearbooks to class photos to graduation announcements for Oswego High School classes. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Oswego museum to honor high school graduates through the years," 10 May 2018 As a reminder, the comedian purchased memorabilia from Russell Crowe's divorce auction held in April. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "John Oliver battles koala chlamydia, answers 'What happened to Rudy Giuliani?' in one show," 7 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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one that collects or salvages junk

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