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 He’s not the only San Antonio fan who celebrates the season in souvenir clothing. Jeanne Jakle,, "Hallmark will unwrap its first of 40 new Christmas movies for 2020 on Oct. 24," 21 Oct. 2020 Early on, guests received a complimentary cocktail in a souvenir Garden Cookout plastic cup spiked with Ca' di Freedia Rosé, Freedia’s signature sparkling pinot noir. Keith Spera,, "Big Freedia's weekly Garden Cookout in City Park is more about Freedia than food," 8 Oct. 2020 To loot sultry Edward and Jacob posters from the souvenir shop? Lauren Smiley, Wired, "The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington," 8 Oct. 2020 Super Mario pancake sandwiches and a Super Mushroom souvenir bottle. FOX 35 Orlando, "Super Nintendo World to open at Universal Studios Japan in 2021," 7 Oct. 2020 The photo, which was turned into a souvenir postcard (something that was common at that time), might remind a viewer of the viral video showing a Minneapolis officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Exhibits at Minnesota African American museum keep George Floyd's spirit alive," 2 Oct. 2020 To partake in the pours, purchase a $30 package that includes a souvenir taster and map to the 20 indoor locations providing wine samples. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in October in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 1 Oct. 2020 The Marines are also likely keeping the location under wraps to ward of spies and souvenir seekers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Tanker Collision, Remnants of a Marine F-35B Are Sprinkled Across California," 30 Sep. 2020 According to Amy Renee Leiker of the Wichita Eagle, the property’s current owners purchased the land in the 1950s or 60s, long after souvenir seekers drawn in by the gory tale had picked apart the original Bender homestead. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Kansas Homestead Where America’s First Serial Killer Family Committed Its Crimes Is Up for Sale," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Souvenir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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