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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Ticket includes 12 samples, tostadas from Mazunte, live entertainment, souvenir, cash bar with drink specials. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 12 July 2021 And for those searching for the perfect souvenir: a limited edition insulated Eyes Coffee Cup. Annie Davidson, Forbes, 27 June 2021 And the souvenir for visitors at a popular landmark in Queens? New York Times, 30 May 2021 For a cool souvenir, book a portrait session with Lumiere Tintype, a photo studio pitched in the backyard of Justine’s Brasserie. Ashlea Halpern, Marie Claire, 5 May 2021 But when the Department of Emergency Management gives the keys back to the convention people later this year, there will be competition for the ultimate post-pandemic souvenir. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2021 When Barack Obama took office, Epskamp sought one for a souvenir., 4 Apr. 2021 Island folks are determined to display a giant shark in front of their novelty souvenir shop. J.d. Crowe |, al, 27 June 2021 The souvenir shop will serve the street culture community in Paris from June 19-26 at 198 rue de Rivoli with select programming and attendance from the collaborating designers. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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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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The first known use of souvenir was in 1782

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22 Jul 2021

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“Souvenir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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