Definition of souvenir in English:



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

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


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