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 The image of a bear clamping a salmon between its powerful jaws is an iconic symbol of Hokkaido, reproduced on T-shirts and in wood carvings on sale in almost every souvenir shop. Author: Simon Denyer, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific," 13 Nov. 2019 At the end of the observation hallway stood hot dog stands and souvenir shops. Gillian Brockell,, "The exploitation of the Dionne quintuplets: Girls were raised in a ‘baby zoo’ and shown off at 1933 Chicago World’s Fair," 4 Nov. 2019 Police patrol past a souvenir shop located between the presidential palace and Congress in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Christine Armario, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Peru, political upheaval fuels long-simmering frustration," 2 Oct. 2019 The Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev. spots a massive, silver spaceman hanging at the front door of the souvenir shop. Fox News, "'Storm Area 51': Strange times out on the 'Extraterrestrial Highway'," 19 Sep. 2019 The scenic drive has some eye-catching souvenir shops and roadside stops by the Deerfield River. Susan Dunne,, "This year, a summer road trip to the Berkshires has the the added bonus of 70 Renoir nudes at the Clark," 20 June 2019 Daniel, who raps under the name Lil Phag, and John Colone, who owns several businesses in Hell including a wedding chapel and souvenir shop and is considered its unofficial mayor, could not be reached for comment. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Rapper says he bought Hell, Mich., turned it into 'Gay Hell'," 17 June 2019 Even Suntory distilleries limit the amount of bottles released each morning in their own souvenir shops. Hannah Lott-schwartz, Fortune, "Inside Japan’s Oldest Whisky Distillery," 16 June 2019 While in Butcher Hollow, be sure to make a pit stop at Webb's Grocery, a general store and souvenir shop in nearby Van Lear, which Lynn's brother Herman Webb ran until his death in July 2018. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Why Country Fans Must Plan a Visit to Butcher Holler, Kentucky," 13 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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Souvenir.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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