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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That collection includes slave memorabilia, African American music and wax figures of predominant people such as George Washington Carver and President Barack Obama. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville will soon have a 'healing place' for black history at new museum on Main Street," 29 Aug. 2019 Popular silent auction items will include many unique experience packages and items such as autographed sports memorabilia, sporting event tickets, spa and golf packages, restaurant certificates and more. Shirley Macfarland,, "Cheers to Camp Cheerful for their special year-round programs: Strong Points," 23 Aug. 2019 Those waiting in line to offer condolences will wind through displays of campaign memorabilia, framed newspaper articles, family photos and religious artifacts that Blanco, a devout Catholic, treasured. Washington Post, "Memorials begin for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco," 22 Aug. 2019 There’s memorabilia from the sitcom and specialty drinks named for its cast: The Rachel Matcha Latte, The Joey Mango Cold Brew Tea and The Phoebe Cookies & Cream Ice Blend among them. Leanne Italie,, "Could we be any more excited? ‘Friends’ merch arrives ahead of 25th anniversary," 20 Aug. 2019 At the same time, there also will be a Mid-Century Pop-Up Shop — with vendors selling period memorabilia, decor and furniture — on Fairwood Avenue, which will be closed to traffic for the event. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Eichler neighborhood in San Jose added to historic register," 14 Aug. 2019 See railroad exhibits, memorabilia, and look for bargains in the flea market at this railroad show in Copeland Park July 27. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taste of Wisconsin, Rail Fair, Tall Ships and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 21 July 2019 Every year, a few hundred customers report to the authorities that valuable items — art, memorabilia, diamonds, jewelry, rare coins, stacks of cash — have disappeared from their safe deposit boxes. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Safe Deposit Boxes Aren’t Safe," 19 July 2019 Inside, cozy antique chairs and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stocked with war memorabilia frame a 35-foot island bar. Phillip Valys,, "Flagler Village: New bars, restaurants invade funky Fort Lauderdale village," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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