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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At the time, it was being used as a headquarters for two units of the Massachusetts National Guard and a museum for Civil War memorabilia. Zipporah Osei,, "Boston’s castle enters next phase of its long run," 8 May 2018 The downstairs man cave has a sports bar and plenty of wall space for sports memorabilia. Joey Morona,, "Charming colonial steps from the lake asks $585k: House of the Week," 23 Mar. 2018 The former Comcast sales supervisor and movie memorabilia collector said escape rooms are his true calling. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man who broke into an ‘escape room’ repeatedly called 911 when he couldn’t escape, police say," 12 July 2018 The shops carry the usual memorabilia and unusual knick-knacks, but serious collectors can also find museum-worthy pieces. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Gadsden County: Antiquing in the little town of Havana," 15 May 2018 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

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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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