Definition of keepsake in English:



  • A small item kept in memory of the person who gave it or originally owned it.

    ‘she was wearing the medal he gave her as a keepsake’
    • ‘Family photos and diaries that had been on desks were being passed on for relatives to identify and preserve as keepsakes.’
    • ‘It serves to jog my memory and will certainly become a keepsake for my children.’
    • ‘This form of altered book will be a keepsake for your family for decades to come.’
    • ‘This becomes a treasured keepsake and a priceless gift.’
    • ‘For those who are looking for something smaller from the Far North, there is a rich profusion of hand-woven articles and intricately carved boxes and keepsakes.’
    • ‘People's anecdotes and keepsakes will be used to help make a local history film and put on an exhibition in the village.’
    • ‘I opened one box of journals and keepsakes and there I found an old autograph book that was given to me when I moved from the Midwest at eight years old.’
    • ‘So on the top shelf of her closet I have some keepsakes: a blanket her father bought when she was a few months old, a CD he made, a book he picked out.’
    • ‘A sketchbook can also be like a diary, in the sense that it is a keepsake of memories, interests and observations from this time in a student's life.’
    • ‘Vikings also used to keep bear claws as necklaces or simple keepsakes - with some found during the Coppergate excavation which led to the founding of the Jorvik Viking Centre.’
    • ‘She is a sentimental person who would not dream of parting with diaries, photos, ornaments and keepsakes.’
    • ‘Passenger lists were keepsakes, and they often included attractive cover designs and copies of paintings, posters, and drawings.’
    • ‘He gave the youth a yellow package of letters and keepsakes to deliver to his family.’
    • ‘His new apartment is decorated with keepsakes from his yearly month-long sojourns around the world.’
    • ‘I am interested in the relationship between large monuments and memorials and small mementos, charms, and keepsakes, and I hope to question some of the set notions about their comparative importance.’
    • ‘Someday this will be a wonderful keepsake for my children and grandchildren.’
    • ‘Customers usually consider these photographs as very special keepsakes and often seek out high-end framing to give their keepsake the best treatment possible.’
    • ‘We also stored old photographs and keepsakes in it.’
    • ‘The wallet was stuffed full of pictures, letters, keepsakes and prayer cards.’
    • ‘Jean had been carrying the cash and the precious keepsakes in her handbag because she had been burgled and did not think it safe to leave them in the house.’
    memento, token of remembrance, souvenir, reminder, something to remember someone by, remembrance, relic, memorial, token
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