[muh-men-toh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, mawr-ee, mohr-ee; for 1 also Latin me-men-toh moh-ree]
- (italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
- an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.
Origin of memento mori
First recorded in 1585–95, memento mori is from the Latin word mementō morī
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- 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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"reminder of death," 1590s, Latin, literally "remember that you must die."
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