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

Definition of souvenir

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web My favorite souvenir to take home from Seoul, South Korea is a manicure. Devon Abelman, Allure, 9 Aug. 2022 There are ample opportunities across the islands to learn a traditional craft from a local and take home your own souvenir. Sunny Fitzgerald, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2022 Hammel purchased a piece of the souvenir wall for $100. Rodney Ho, ajc, 6 Sep. 2022 Passholders also get a free souvenir refillable drink bottle next year. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2022 In fact, souvenir squirreling reached its apex during the 18th and 19th centuries, when people of means embarked on Grand Tours, those bygone rites of passage. Lynn Yaeger, Town & Country, 24 Aug. 2022 Newcomers should definitely also check out the food (think Kalua pork and coconut shrimp) and take-home souvenir mugs. Allison Jack, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2022 The spacecraft’s souvenir from Bennu is the largest sample collected by a NASA mission since lunar rocks were brought back by Apollo astronauts. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 The pieces range from wrap skirts and minimal black swimwear to a strappy sandal and lightweight dresses, all in The Row's reliably minimalist palette (the better to emphasize your decidedly non-touristy souvenir bag, of course). Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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20 Sep 2022

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“Souvenir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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