anything kept, or given to be kept, as a token of friendship or affection; remembrance.

Origin of keepsake

1780–90; keep (v.) + sake1

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a gift that evokes memories of a person or event with which it is associated
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Word Origin and History for keepsake

1790, from keep (v.) + sake; on model of namesake; thus an object kept for the sake of the giver. As an adjective by 1839.

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