memento mori

[ muh-men-toh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, mawr-ee, mohr-ee; for 1 also Latin me-men-toh moh-ree ]
/ məˈmɛn toʊ ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i; for 1 also Latin mɛˈmɛn toʊ ˈmoʊ ri /

noun, plural memento mori for 2.

(italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.

Words nearby memento mori

Origin of memento mori

First recorded in 1585–95, memento mori is from the Latin word mementō morī
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British Dictionary definitions for memento mori

memento mori
/ (ˈmɔːriː) /

noun

an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death

Word Origin for memento mori

C16: Latin: remember you must die
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