A souvenir is a keepsake or a remembrance. A telltale sign that someone has visited Paris is the tiny, metal Eiffel Tower hanging from her keychain as a souvenir.

First recorded in 1775 as meaning “a remembrance or memory,” the noun souvenir stems from the French souvenir “to remember, come to mind.” A few years later, it took on the sense of “a token” of an event or experience. A song by Tears for Fears goes, “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” Here, souvenir refers to a feeling, but more often it refers to something tangible, like a memento, gift, or trophy.

Definitions of souvenir
  1. noun
    something of sentimental value
    synonyms: keepsake, relic, token
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    keepsake given as a token of love
    favor, favour, party favor, party favour
    souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
    cracker, cracker bonbon, snapper
    a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
    type of:
    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  2. noun
    a reminder of past events
    synonyms: memento
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    an experience that causes you to remember something
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