sou·​ve·​nir | \ ˈsü-və-ˌnir How to pronounce souvenir (audio) , ˌsü-və-ˈnir\

Definition of souvenir

: something that serves as a reminder (as of a place one has visited) a souvenir of her travels a souvenir shop

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Examples of souvenir in a Sentence

When I went to the Super Bowl, I kept my ticket stub as a souvenir. kept their love letters as souvenirs of their courtship

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Tours cost $10 and include a tasting and souvenir shot glass. 2. Lori Rackl,, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 In the months that followed, her comrades returned from battles bearing gifts — harmonicas, bullets, books, and other souvenirs stolen from defeated government camps. Longreads, "A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers," 22 May 2018 The hottest souvenir at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Rachel Bachman And Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "These ‘March Madness’ Souvenirs Are Hot. A Little Too Hot.," 31 Mar. 2019 The ticket price gets you a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples of beer — no drink tickets to worry about losing. Annie Alleman,, "Mundelein festival focuses on the beer," 29 May 2018 Your ticket gets you a souvenir tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets for the lineup of tequila and sangria. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 28 Apr. 2018 Don't forget to steak home a steak as a souvenir—the Foleys raise cattle, too, and are happy to sell you some beef. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.," 24 July 2018 Since the object wasn't a threat, officials allowed the girls to keep the practice bomb as a souvenir. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Michigan girls discover World War I practice bomb while diving for treasure in lake," 31 May 2018 From fine china commemorative plates, to souvenir mugs, the birth of the future King could not be ignored. Rick Noack And Jennifer Hassan,, "What will the royal baby be called? In Britain, place your bets," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of souvenir

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for souvenir

French, literally, act of remembering, from Middle French, from (se) souvenir to remember, from Latin subvenire to come up, come to mind — more at subvention

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English Language Learners Definition of souvenir

: something that is kept as a reminder of a place you have visited, an event you have been to, etc.


sou·​ve·​nir | \ ˈsü-və-ˌnir How to pronounce souvenir (audio) \

Kids Definition of souvenir

: something that serves as a reminder a souvenir from Hawaii

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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