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 ballpark had mailed it back to him, a souvenir of pandemic times. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "Eager A's fans return to the Oakland Coliseum: 'a glimpse of normalcy'," 1 Apr. 2021 Alvin’s Island souvenir and beach merchandise store at 100 W. Beach Blvd., is seeking permission to install a 27-foot long great white shark at the store site. Kathy Jumper, al, "A new Culver’s restaurant heading to Mobile," 28 Mar. 2021 Travelers often have time on their hands and can be susceptible to buying a souvenir or luxury product on a whim, or as last-minute presents. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Airport Retail Shops Pin Hopes on Bump in Travel," 23 Mar. 2021 The players and coaches will take turns, alternating snips, until all have snagged a souvenir to help remember the run to basketball history. Jason Kurtz, CNN, "March Madness 2021: Here's how to fill out your NCAA bracket," 15 Mar. 2021 Mercantile and Gift Shop: Everyone needs a souvenir from Tortilla Flat, right? Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "Tortilla Flat is an easy day trip from Phoenix. Here are the best things to do there," 11 Mar. 2021 Here is this big souvenir of the first black presidency. Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books, "A Gift for the Long Game," 9 Mar. 2021 Stop for a bite at the cafe next door or at the gift shop for a souvenir. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "Nashville Travel Guide," 26 Feb. 2021 Cassidy enjoyed seeing all the kayakers and boats on the lake Saturday trying for a glimpse of the ice or hoping for a souvenir. Josh Dubow,, "Pastrnak’s hat trick leads Bruins past Flyers at Lake Tahoe," 21 Feb. 2021

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Souvenir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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