Definition of memorabilia in US English:


plural noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural Objects kept or collected because of their historical interest, especially those associated with memorable people or events.

    ‘World Series memorabilia’
    • ‘The Railway Museum houses an impressive collection of historical railway memorabilia.’
    • ‘One of the highlights of the day was the collection of memorabilia that the late David Hardcastle had left that pertained to the fixture.’
    • ‘This is an interesting collection of memorabilia about Bedford from the 1940s onward.’
    • ‘Visitors from around the world travel to see its unique collection of memorabilia from international aircrews.’
    • ‘I have a room at home full of memorabilia that I have collected, dating over the last fifteen years or so.’
    • ‘Norpa is keen to collect old photos, memorabilia and stories about Lismore's major floods.’
    • ‘Mr Hope believes the games will help raise the profile of railway modelling and memorabilia collecting.’
    • ‘These photos, along with Walt Burton's collection of period memorabilia, give us a unique view of that historic event.’
    • ‘His collection of bridge memorabilia is said to number five thousand items.’
    • ‘He collects sporting memorabilia including 39 signed rugby balls and countless signed photos of players.’
    • ‘It has a small museum with a collection of memorabilia, including examples of a lot of the lively art which found its way onto aircraft noses.’
    • ‘Marie amassed the most important collection of Napoleon memorabilia in the world.’
    • ‘Also, if you do have any celebrity memorabilia that you've collected sell it quick before the market collapses.’
    • ‘Bell is an avid collector of music memorabilia, with a violinist focus of course.’
    • ‘And I showed pictures from the vast collection of memorabilia Daniel has built up during the past seven years.’
    • ‘Collectors of memorabilia will be familiar with a souvenir plate issued by the City of Leeds which carries the date June 26.’
    • ‘The committee is also compiling a collection of memorabilia from previous shows to be put on display on the show day.’
    • ‘Mahendra has his own collection of memorabilia which he has sourced from Australia and South Africa.’
    • ‘Resch says his reverence for the past led him to begin to collect some memorabilia.’
    • ‘She leads me through a collection of memorabilia which starkly bring to life the awesome task these early settlers faced just to stay alive.’
    1. 1.1archaic Memorable or noteworthy things.
      memento, keepsake, reminder, remembrance, token, memorial
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Late 18th century: from Latin, neuter plural of memorabilis ‘memorable’.