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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As before, customers will still be able to buy Nessy T-shirts and souvenirs and pose for pictures with a wood cutout of Nessy. Pam Kragen,, "Nessy Burgers on the move again, but not far," 10 June 2018 What emerged looked less like the movie fantasy of guns and fancy cars and more like an operation that brokers souvenir keychains or counterfeit cosmetics. Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 2018 Smaller expenses—breakfasts out, daily cafe visits, souvenir shopping, and the like—can add up. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "23 Easy Ways to Save Money While on Vacation, From Travel Experts," 1 June 2018 Some people bring home souvenirs from their vacations. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Hale Gets Elephant Tattoo During Trip to Cambodia," 1 June 2018 Personal possessions from souvenirs of trips taken to family histories were destroyed. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: June brings colorful birds to my yard," 11 June 2018 Tour buses pull up at a visitors’ plaza here, disgorging passengers who gawk at the view while buying souvenirs and snacks. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018 At least as many souvenir and collectible bats will be made. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "Ashes of an industry: A Pennsylvania tradition is dying, one baseball bat at a time," 14 June 2018 The bags came with wedding souvenirs and welcome letters from Meghan and Prince Harry, as well as a bottle of Windsor Castle–branded water, a chocolate coin, some shortbread, and a 20 percent off coupon for the castle gift shop. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Some Royal Wedding Guests Are Selling Their Gift Bags on eBay," 21 May 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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Phrases Related to souvenir

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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