Definition of souvenir in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌsuːvəˈnɪə


  • A thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or event: the recording provides a souvenir of a great production
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    • Officers have been on hand at university events giving away cups, bottle openers and other souvenirs with logos reminding them how to keep safe.
    • There will be special quiz shows and the winners will be awarded with souvenirs to remind them of their participation in the fiesta.
    • I had packed up a box of gifts and souvenirs to ship home, so we went to the post office.
    memento, keepsake, reminder, remembrance, token, memorial; testimonial, trophy, relic; (souvenirs) memorabilia
    archaic memorandum


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  • Take as a memento: many parts of the aircraft have been souvenired
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    • What it all boils down to is souveniring the experience and bad smells.
    • That is why these poems should be souvenired by, or given to, visitors to Central Australia.
    • I souvenired the offending CD from the floor of the carriage.


late 18th century: from French, from souvenir 'remember', from Latin subvenire 'occur to the mind'.

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