Etymology
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souvenir (n.)

1775, "a remembrance or memory," from French souvenir (12c.), from Old French noun use of souvenir (v.) "to remember, come to mind," from Latin subvenire "come to mind," from sub "up from below" (see sub-) + venire "to come," from a suffixed form of PIE root *gwa- "to go, come." Meaning "token of remembrance, memento" is first recorded 1782.

updated on April 11, 2017

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Definitions of souvenir from WordNet

souvenir (n.)
something of sentimental value;
Synonyms: keepsake / token / relic
souvenir (n.)
a reminder of past events;
Synonyms: memento
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