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[mem-er-uh-bil-ee-uh, -bil-yuh] /ˌmɛm ər əˈbɪl i ə, -ˈbɪl yə/
plural noun, singular memorabile
[mem-uh-rab-uh-lee] /ˌmɛm əˈræb ə li/ (Show IPA)
mementos; souvenirs.
matters or events worthy to be remembered; points worthy of note.
Origin of memorabilia
1800-10; noun use of Latin memorābilia things to be remembered, neuter plural of memorābilis memorable Unabridged
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Examples from the web for memorabilia
  • One of the charms of collecting presidential election memorabilia is that its costs can be minimal.
  • In the case of first-world-war sites, local people armed with metal detectors routinely collect medals and other memorabilia.
  • Highlights include a memorabilia collection and exhibits of pop culture inspired by the beverage.
  • Convention artifacts and other campaign memorabilia.
  • All sell books and memorabilia on site and on their websites.
  • Here you can visit the depot, filled with train memorabilia, and step inside the vintage drugstore and schoolhouse.
  • Packing her memorabilia for storage took more than a month.
  • The boxes of memorabilia she kept for each of us were always disorganized.
  • Here's the latest from the sometimes sleazy sports memorabilia market.
  • The punishment followed a scandal in which players sold football memorabilia or traded them for tattoos.
British Dictionary definitions for memorabilia


plural noun (sing) -rabile (-ˈræbɪlɪ)
memorable events or things
objects connected with famous people or events
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from memorābilismemorable
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Word Origin and History for memorabilia

"things worth remembering," 1806, from Latin memorabilia "notable achievements," noun use of neuter plural of memorabilis "worthy of being remembered" (see memorable).

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