- an object or item that serves to remind one of a person, past event, etc.; keepsake; souvenir.
- anything serving as a reminder or warning.
- (initial capital letter, italics) Roman Catholic Church. either of two prayers in the canon of the Mass, one for persons living and the other for persons dead.
Origin of memento
- (italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
- an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.
Origin of memento mori
Related Words for mementotrophy, relic, keepsake, token, remembrance, reminder, vestige, memorial, trace, remembrancer
Examples from the Web for memento
Contemporary Examples of memento
He looks a bit like B̶r̶a̶d̶ ̶P̶i̶t̶t̶ Guy Pearce in Memento at this stage.Harry Styles Watches The Boxing In The Nude: PIC
June 3, 2014
I watched as each reached up to the press box, memento in hand.Figure Skater Michelle Kwan Chases Gold in Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Race
April 17, 2014
Sandra McElwaine previews the loot, from a Cuban Missile Crisis memento to notes from the first lady.On the Block: Letters From Jackie
October 15, 2012
They offered tea, a smoke, and an Egyptian flag as a memento.Fire In Cairo: A View From the Arab Street
John Kael Weston
September 20, 2012
Historical Examples of memento
On the face of a rich man's heir is written the rich man's memento mori!Night and Morning, Complete
His memento mori was in his bed-chamber, and sat by him at his frugal meal.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
She had been his wife's friend and, as such, he had given her that silver vinaigrette as a memento.Howards End
E. M. Forster
"I want this stick as a memento of him," answered the gentleman, sweetly.Australia Revenged
"Then it is only a memento," I stammered, with very evident feeling.The Bronze Hand
Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
- something that reminds one of past events; souvenir
- RC Church either of two prayers occurring during the Mass
Word Origin for memento
- an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death
Word Origin for memento mori
c.1400, "Psalm cxxxi in the Canon of the Mass" (which begins with the Latin word Memento and in which the dead are commemorated), from Latin memento "remember," imperative of meminisse "to remember, recollect, think of, bear in mind," a reduplicated form, related to mens "mind" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "reminder, object serving as a warning" is from 1580s; sense of "keepsake" is first recorded 1768.
"reminder of death," 1590s, Latin, literally "remember that you must die."