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

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 Bye-bye cutely packaged five-year-old souvenir from Spain. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, 29 June 2022 Inspired by sailors’ valentines, a nautical souvenir traditionally made of shells, Riley’s are enormous and quite beautiful. New York Times, 16 June 2022 After a recent trip to Mississippi, my 8-year-old son came back with a nasty souvenir: A fat black tick embedded in the flesh below his waist band. al, 13 June 2022 In the Stahelis’ house, police had also found a toy ax — bought as a souvenir on a family trip to Scotland — that authorities believed had been used to kill Todd and Michelle. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Fans can order the helmet option to receive a Dodgers souvenir. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2022 In Mykhailychenko’s shop, a small example of Ukrainian defiance can be seen in a glass souvenir case. Globe Staff,, 16 July 2022 For visitors looking to take home a unique souvenir, Moretti suggests Emanuele Bozzi’s pottery workshop in Montottone. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Princess Charlene of Monaco gave a group of tourists the best souvenir imaginable. Peter Mikelbank,, 13 July 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Souvenir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for souvenir


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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