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[keep-seyk] /ˈkipˌseɪk/
anything kept, or given to be kept, as a token of friendship or affection; remembrance.
Origin of keepsake
1780-90; keep (v.) + sake1
souvenir, memento, token. Unabridged
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  • But Dick slapped the pocketbook to which he had transferred his keepsake from Miss Ravenden.

    The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "You ought to give it to him as a keepsake," said young Howard, aggressively.

  • You must read Carlyle's denunciation of the opera, published in the keepsake!

  • He even had a watch with a silver chain on which a ring was hanging as a keepsake.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • She also showed them a gold coin which she said young Trafton had given her as a keepsake.

  • Little Lorentz gave her his horse as a keepsake, and Asta gave her youngest doll.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • On Hurrell Froude's death, in 1836, I was asked to select one of his books as a keepsake.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • He must have stole it for a keepsake when I was kissing him!

  • As he looked at it, he bethought him of one Alice had given him once as a keepsake; he had it still.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for keepsake


a gift that evokes memories of a person or event with which it is associated
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Word Origin and History for keepsake

1790, from keep (v.) + sake; on model of namesake; thus an object kept for the sake of the giver. As an adjective by 1839.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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