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

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To add to our original list—which includes snake wine and bird feathers—here are nine more wildlife souvenirs to avoid. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Sea turtles, hummingbird charms, and other souvenirs not to buy on vacation," 2 Aug. 2019 While some of the souvenirs traded hands for a lot less cash, this huge sale set a record of sorts. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gift Bags from Princess Eugenie's Wedding Are Selling for Less Than Meghan & Harry's $28,500 Record," 13 Oct. 2018 Gift shop owners are polishing windows to display a dizzying assortment of royal wedding souvenirs, from beer to teddy bears. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding: Windsor in full swing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day," 15 May 2018 The hotel can arrange a tour of the farm, which specializes in cut and edible flowers, foraged ocean greens, and small-batch sea salt—a small sachet is the ideal souvenir to bring back home. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Long Weekend on Whidbey Island, the Playground of the Pacific Northwest," 10 July 2019 During the celebratory events, souvenirs will be for sale, including creations carved from the fallen Shawshank tree -- a prominent part in the film. Anne Nickoloff,, "‘The Shawshank Redemption’ 25th anniversary events announced in Mansfield," 28 June 2019 Bringing beauty back Galleries throughout Tokyo sell traditional and modern pieces in every medium, so a suitable souvenir may be a vibrant woodcut print or contemporary painting from a gallery. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 The cake isn’t the only surviving wedding souvenir. Hillary Davis,, "After 50 years, Newport couple’s love is frozen in time — and so is their wedding cake," 27 June 2018 This tip proved to be genius because my girls loved to hunt for them, and the 51-cent souvenirs are probably the best value in the whole place. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Here's What Happens When a Non-Disney Family Visits Disney World," 7 Nov. 2017

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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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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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