memento

[muh-men-toh]
noun, plural mementos, mementoes.
1.
an object or item that serves to remind one of a person, past event, etc.; keepsake; souvenir.
2.
anything serving as a reminder or warning.
3.
(initial capital letter, italics) Roman Catholic Church. either of two prayers in the canon of the Mass, one for persons living and the other for persons dead.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin mementō, imperative of meminisse to remember

memento, momentum.


Memento is sometimes spelled momento, perhaps by association with moment. The word is actually related to remember. One of its earliest meanings was “something that serves to warn.” The meaning “souvenir” is a recent development: The stone animal carvings are mementos of our trip to Victoria. Momento is considered by many to be a misspelling, but it occurs so frequently in edited writing that some regard it as a variant spelling rather than an error.
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memento (mɪˈmɛntəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos, -toes
1.  something that reminds one of past events; souvenir
2.  RC Church either of two prayers occurring during the Mass
 
[C15: from Latin, imperative of meminisse to remember]

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memento
c.1400, "Psalm cxxxi in the Canon of the Mass" (which begins with the L. word Memento and in which the dead are commemorated), from L. memento "remember," imperative of meminisse "to remember," a reduplicated form, related to mens "mind." Meaning "reminder, warning" is from 1580s; sense of "keepsake"
is first recorded 1768.
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Example sentences
Relics are not mementoes, aids to remembering loved ones.
Students will receive recycled mementoes of their visit.
Here, mementoes of past conflicts remind us of the high prices that were paid for the cause of liberty.
Mementoes of the railroad are still to be found along the river.
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