[ soo-vuh-neer, soo-vuh-neer ]
/ ˌsu vəˈnɪər, ˈsu vəˌnɪər /


a usually small and relatively inexpensive article given, kept, or purchased as a reminder of a place visited, an occasion, etc.; memento.
a memory.

Origin of souvenir

1765–75; < French, noun use of (se) souvenir to remember < Latin subvenīre to come to mind, equivalent to sub- sub- + venīre to come Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for souvenir

/ (ˌsuːvəˈnɪə, ˈsuːvəˌnɪə) /


an object that recalls a certain place, occasion, or person; memento

verb (tr)

Australian and NZ euphemistic, slang to steal or keep (something, esp a small article) for one's own use; purloin

Word Origin for souvenir

C18: from French, from (se) souvenir to remember, from Latin subvenīre to come to mind, from sub- up to + venīre to come
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