- 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
Examples from the Web for mementos
Fleeing their homes, many Syrians left behind middle-class lives; most arrived with none of the mementos that stir memory.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
“In theory these mementos serve to bring back the moment,” she writes in the book.
The room is deliciously crowded with books, photographs, and mementos—things Didion once treasured for the memories they evoked.
Here were representatives of the living and mementos of the dead!Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
And, though unselfish, she did want to retain some mementos of her foreign trip.Patty's Success
Then she brought two other mementos and hung them also on the wall.The Master of Warlock
George Cary Eggleston
The father of her son looks into her eyes and points to the mementos of their early love.Iconoclasts
They also place them about and upon the dead bodies of their friends, as mementos of affection.Letters from Palestine
J. D. Paxton
- something that reminds one of past events; souvenir
- RC Church either of two prayers occurring during the Mass
Word Origin and History for mementos
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.