sou·​ve·​nir ˈsü-və-ˌnir How to pronounce souvenir (audio)
: 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 Locals were invited to claim cobble stones as souvenirs from the famous street on Saturday, after police tore down the booths. Reuters, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 The letter writer’s deceased husband may simply have regarded it as a war souvenir inherited from his father, who perhaps picked it up on a battlefield. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Kayaks, paddle boards, and bikes are available to rent, and during summer, concessions sell ice cream, camping items, and souvenirs. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2024 What’s clear from the collection — which will be on display at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel April 8-10 and then at the Jazz at Lincoln Center building in New York April 10-16 — is that Bennett himself was as much of a souvenir maven as anyone. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2024 Think quaint cafes, colorful shops, and uninterrupted views with hardly a high-rise condo or $5 souvenir sign in sight. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 18 Mar. 2024 There will also be more options to stock up on souvenirs to remember your trip with the addition of brand new retail spaces at the water park. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024 San Antonio’s Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers special eclipse packages to park guests who coincide their visit with the eclipse, offering souvenir t-shirts, eclipse glasses, a commemorative lanyard and a fireworks show. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2024 Inside, less expensive souvenirs were mostly sold out, while the prized Ohtani number jerseys were pulled off the shelves almost as soon as they were displayed. Brad Lendon and Gawon Bae, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of souvenir was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Souvenir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


sou·​ve·​nir ˈsü-və-ˌni(ə)r How to pronounce souvenir (audio)
: something that serves as a reminder : memento

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