sou·​ve·​nir | \ ˈsü-və-ˌnir How to pronounce souvenir (audio) , 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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Dine on beet borscht soup or housemade pastries at Monk’s Rock Coffeehouse & Bookstore, then peruse their selection of Russian-themed souvenirs. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 When George, who is third in line to the throne, was born, Britain celebrated with an array of official souvenirs. Rick Noack And Jennifer Hassan,, "What will the royal baby be called? In Britain, place your bets," 23 Apr. 2018 There’s cotton candy and turkey legs, beauty queens and evening dances, cookouts and eating contests, a gun and knife show and plenty of souvenirs. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "As other rattlesnake roundups fade, Sweetwater is going strong," 10 Mar. 2018 Martina, John, and their children do take part in the usual December festivities, like cutting down a tree and trimming it with sentimental ornaments and souvenirs. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Martina McBride's House Is Filled with the Christmas Decorations of Your Dreams," 2 Dec. 2018 Clarke isn't the only one to commemorate her turn on the show with a permanent souvenir. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Emilia Clarke Proves She's the Mother of Dragons for Life With New Game of Thrones Tattoo," 20 Sep. 2018 While your squad picks up vintage glassware souvenirs, the mixologists on staff can help create a signature cocktail just for your weekend trip (and send you home with all the ingredients to recreate it at home!). Juliet Izon, Redbook, "And the Very Best City for a Girls' Getaway Is...," 7 Aug. 2018 Selling souvenirs at Giants games was easy pickings. Scott Ostler,, "Going back decades, ballpark vendors share tales from the aisles," 4 July 2018 Yatsuka is now studying how competition to sell souvenirs affects the Hadza's egalitarian culture. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Farmers, tourists, and cattle threaten to wipe out some of the world’s last hunter-gatherers," 17 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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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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