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 Walking through the bustling town of Port Elizabeth, with its fruit vendors, souvenir shops, and arts and crafts kiosks was remarkable. Dallas News, "The secret is out: Bequia’s idyllic setting beckons travelers to the Caribbean," 3 Feb. 2020 The area overflows with live music, classic pubs, takeaway stands, and souvenir shops. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Dublin," 20 Jan. 2020 Her hands are large and expressive, and her hearty laugh has a telltale rattle, a souvenir from her years as a smoker. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019 The package includes a two-night stay at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, a Peach Bowl ticket, access to the MVP tailgate, a $20 Uber voucher per guest, access to the College Football Hall of Fame and a Peach Bowl official souvenir. Alicia Kortendick, al, "College Football Playoff: LSU vs. Oklahoma | Get tickets, plan travel to Atlanta and how to watch the game," 12 Dec. 2019 There are tours all day of the blacksmith and restoration shop and kids get a souvenir in the blacksmith shop. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: Family fun and festivities ready for some dazzling moments," 23 Nov. 2019 Reese Witherspoon took some very special souvenirs from the set of Legally Blonde 2. Katie Intner,, "Reese Witherspoon Kept Every Outfit from Legally Blonde 2: 'I Had It Written in My Contract'," 4 Nov. 2019 Admission includes a souvenir light-up cup and 10 tasting tickets, and food will be available to buy. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Oregon beer this week: Brewvana tours sold, Old Town Beaverton fest, plus events," 1 Nov. 2019 An English woman left a tourist attraction in Scotland with a rather unusual souvenir: a thermal image of her body showing a suspicious colored patch in her breast area. Sarah Jackson, NBC News, "Woman says thermal camera spotted breast cancer. Not so fast, experts say.," 25 Oct. 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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8 Feb 2020

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“Souvenir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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