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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Foster delightfully includes little images and souvenirs in the margins of his works., "Watercolor paintings from world travels on display at Yale Center for British Art," 1 July 2019 Or, at the very least, the wax discs make stylish souvenirs to hang on a bedroom wall. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Five Takeaways From Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2019 Report," 27 June 2019 After the park closed in 1980 (neighbors objected to expansion plans and Zukin sold the place) and subdivisions were built on most of the property, its legacy endured with a loyal following of souvenir collectors and enthusiasts. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News, "Nostalgia alert: A chance to celebrate San Jose’s beloved Frontier Village," 27 June 2019 One lucky family came home from a Myrtle Beach vacation which an extra-special souvenir last week. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Myrtle Beach Visitor Discovers Prehistoric Fossil While Hunting for Shark Teeth," 25 June 2019 Outside the towering stone walls, tourists snap selfies and rummage through souvenir tea towels. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 The team managed to pay tribute to both its city and its star forward by handing out souvenir towels to fans with the letters K and D highlighted in the word Oakland. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Warriors honor Oakland, Kevin Durant with souvenir towel for fans," 11 June 2019 Advance tickets for $45 provided patrons with a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples from the dozens of microbreweries. Denys Bucksten,, "'Very friendly and supportive' craft brewing community gathers for annual Mundelein festival," 10 June 2019 How little there is in common between a first wonderful encounter with the sea and trudging along the shore in the stifling midday heat to buy something from the souvenir kiosk! Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019

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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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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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