- a usually small and relatively inexpensive article given, kept, or purchased as a reminder of a place visited, an occasion, etc.; memento.
- a memory.
Origin of souvenir
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Examples from the Web for souvenir
And more than anything, I wanted a souvenir for my father, so I rolled him back, and he had gold teeth.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
After the ceremony, the Greek gave back the ten grand and kept what was left of the dollar for a souvenir.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
We stop at a souvenir stand to buy buttons that proclaim I RODE IT!The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career
April 13, 2014
He then jokes about the legal risks of keeping the butt as a souvenir for back home.My Night at the NSFW Oscars
January 22, 2014
She lived out her life selling his clothes to souvenir hunters and people like that.What Lee Harvey Oswald’s Mother Told Me
November 14, 2013
Wiggle appeared to claim the locust as a souvenir of the scout's magic.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I'd like to keep it for a souvenir, but I'm afraid you need it!Alice Adams
What souvenir of a great man can compete with the knocker of his door?
"I am culling a souvenir, madame," said he, plucking a moss-ross as the lady passed.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
That's right; always keep your word, and take this trifle as a souvenir of me.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- an object that recalls a certain place, occasion, or person; memento
- Australian and NZ euphemistic, slang to steal or keep (something, esp a small article) for one's own use; purloin
Word Origin and History for souvenir
1775, "a remembrance or memory," from French souvenir (12c.), from Old French noun use of souvenir (v.) "to remember, come to mind," from Latin subvenire "come to mind," from sub- "up" (see sub-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning "token of remembrance, memento" is first recorded 1782.