sou·​ve·​nir | \ˈsü-və-ˌnir, ˌsü-və-ˈnir\

Definition of souvenir 

: something that serves as a reminder

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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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The man casually walked to his seat and showed off his souvenir. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "This Royals fan didn't need a free hand to catch a foul ball," 25 June 2018 After the game, Palmieri was hanging onto the comic, her souvenir for the day., "Peter King’s Favorite Stories, from SI and The MMQB," 28 May 2018 These burros painted with zebra stripes on Avenida Revolución are where tourists delight in having their souvenir of Tijuana pictures taken with the docile animals. James Clark,, "Meet the neighbors with Tijuana daytrip," 19 Apr. 2018 As to the paprika, a friend returned from a recent trip to Hungary with one of my favorite souvenirs — local spices. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how to turn regular potatoes into something splendid," 19 Apr. 2018 How does Neil Patrick Harris get his Disneyland souvenirs? Nardine Saad,, "Khloé Kardashian welcomes a baby daughter with Tristan Thompson," 12 Apr. 2018 The seriousness of the moment had been punctured by the arrival of what felt like a souvenir, the kind shilled by amusement parks after a ride on their tallest roller coaster. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 After the parade, a fair complete with live music, souvenirs, and refreshments will be held behind the fire station. Zipporah Osei And Julia Preszler,, "Where to have fun for the Fourth," 27 June 2018 Pick up a coffee and quick breakfast in the morning, stop in for a cocktail before dinner, or grab some snacks and souvenirs to bring home. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Denver’s Coolest Bars, Restaurants, and Shops Are All in This One Neighborhood," 6 Nov. 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 \

Kids Definition of souvenir

: something that serves as a reminder a souvenir from Hawaii

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