Definition of memento in English:

memento

noun

  • An object kept as a reminder of a person or event.

    ‘you can purchase a memento of your visit’
    • ‘After their stay the couple kept a pile of mementoes of their visit to York, including 1970s Viking Hotel leaflets and even sugar packets, along with their wedding photos.’
    • ‘Coun Paul Atkinson said if mayors wished to have a memento they should purchase it with their allowances.’
    • ‘She still has mementos passed on to her from her mother as reminders of the couple's deep love.’
    • ‘In the dark, you couldn't see all the smiling pictures and precious mementos that reminded her of her lost brother.’
    • ‘Before leaving HMS York, Caroline was presented with a signed photograph of the ship and given other mementoes to remind her of her time on board.’
    • ‘When I really enjoy a holiday I like to take with me some mementos of my visit.’
    • ‘Like every family each regiment acquired mementos by which to remember its members and triumphs.’
    • ‘The room was stuffed to the gills with trophies and plaques and mementos of the greatest baseball team that ever existed.’
    • ‘Also at the farewell dinner the team will be presented with a specially commissioned gift as a memento of their visit to Athy.’
    • ‘Therefore examples of mugs, plates and other mementos of this ‘event that never was’ are plentiful and not of great value.’
    • ‘Lukas is planning a display room in his new home for his collection of racing trophies and mementos.’
    • ‘Each winning photograph has also been enlarged and framed as a memento of the event.’
    • ‘Organisers hope the finished HMS Victory will be put on display in the town as a permanent memento of the event.’
    • ‘Keepsakes and mementoes top the gift list during the season of celebration.’
    • ‘A visit to any tourist town is considered incomplete if the visitors do not purchase a few of these locally-manufactured articles to carry home as mementoes of their visit.’
    • ‘All runners will collect a souvenir memento, with trophies for the first three in each of the categories in the 10 km race.’
    • ‘Mrs Taylor also received a memento of the visit, flowers and a teddy bear that has been named Leon in honour of their special guest.’
    • ‘Video coverage of the event will be available as a memento of this memorable occasion.’
    • ‘I'm a pack-rat anyway, so it's just in my nature to keep all kinds of mementos and souvenirs around.’
    • ‘And as a memento of his last visit, Vasilee took with him the love for Indian instruments like sitar and sarod.’
    souvenir, keepsake, reminder, remembrance, token, memorial
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a prayer of commemoration): from Latin, literally ‘remember!’, imperative of meminisse.

Pronunciation

memento

/mɪˈmɛntəʊ/