Definition of souvenir in English:

souvenir

noun

  • A thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or event.

    ‘the recording provides a souvenir of a great production’
    • ‘Afterwards they can take home their video recordings as souvenirs of their memorable performances.’
    • ‘There will be special quiz shows and the winners will be awarded with souvenirs to remind them of their participation in the fiesta.’
    • ‘The eggshells are used to produce souvenirs and lamps, which have had great popularity with the Austrian consumer.’
    • ‘This shop now has a wonderful stock of gifts, souvenirs, music books, songbooks and instrument manuals.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that these books were written in Mandarin Chinese, patrons still took the books home as souvenirs.’
    • ‘We do not need or desire souvenirs from events that are repeatable.’
    • ‘I'm currently awaiting a shipment of curios and other souvenirs for the gift shop.’
    • ‘It is also hoped to have a few short races for tiny tots and all will receive special souvenirs of their first outing.’
    • ‘The centenary souvenirs will be on sale at home matches and have so far been selling well.’
    • ‘Officers have been on hand at university events giving away cups, bottle openers and other souvenirs with logos reminding them how to keep safe.’
    • ‘The tartan, whatever it is, will provide a souvenir when he departs Scotland in June.’
    • ‘Light music was played throughout the evening and key chain souvenirs were given out to the visitors on that day.’
    • ‘I had packed up a box of gifts and souvenirs to ship home, so we went to the post office.’
    • ‘The Denver station has a large waiting room, a store for souvenirs and a snack bar.’
    • ‘And afterwards they gave him the ball as a souvenir and a producer took him to see the control room.’
    • ‘Sometimes we hear complaints that some souvenir shops sell mass produced souvenirs often made outside New Zealand.’
    • ‘Across the street was a post office, so I took advantage and mailed my first batch of souvenirs home.’
    • ‘Even if you don't own a bird, these splendid cages make for unusual and decorative souvenirs with a distinctively Chinese look.’
    • ‘However, sales of souvenirs, books and maps were up on 2002.’
    • ‘The company, selected through bids, should provide ready made food and drinks, souvenirs and ferry tickets at two points.’
    memento, keepsake, reminder, remembrance, token, memorial
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Take as a memento.

    ‘many parts of the aircraft have been souvenired’
    • ‘What it all boils down to is souveniring the experience and bad smells.’
    • ‘Eventually the mission and the church were deserted, the building fell into decay, and presently tourists souvenired the surviving religious statues.’
    • ‘Rowell souvenired her control wheel but the aircraft slowly settled into the mud of the swamp.’
    • ‘Like all good things in military museums, if there weren't people souveniring items, we wouldn't have a museum would we?’
    • ‘I souvenired the offending CD from the floor of the carriage.’
    • ‘That is why these poems should be souvenired by, or given to, visitors to Central Australia.’
    • ‘Men are still the tidier sex, leaving the cleanest rooms and women are still on the most wanted list for souveniring more in-room amenities.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, from souvenir ‘remember’, from Latin subvenire ‘occur to the mind’.

Pronunciation

souvenir

/ˌsuːvəˈnɪə/