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[keep-seyk] /ˈkipˌseɪk/
anything kept, or given to be kept, as a token of friendship or affection; remembrance.
1780-90; keep (v.) + sake1
souvenir, memento, token. Unabridged
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  • The result is a one-of-a-kind keepsake with more personality that would be possible from a piece of manufactured ceramic.
  • Baker steps down into the crowd, now a sea of limbs holding digital cameras and angling for a keepsake shot.
  • It was encircled by diamonds and meant as a keepsake that he could have by him constantly during his years of lonely exile.
  • The book comes in a keepsake box with a small elf figurine.
  • It was one of a kind, something you really intend to put away as a keepsake.
  • Please choose one of the mementos below as a retirement keepsake.
  • The flag may be used to cover the casket and it is presented to the family as a keepsake.
  • Her father then used the drawing to model a clay relief, which he baked in his kiln to create a ceramic keepsake.
  • We'll be taking digital photos and e-mailing them to you after the event for a memorable keepsake.
  • If requested, a free commemorative plaque will be issued by the division as a keepsake for the family.
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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