[soo-vuh-neer, soo-vuh-neer]
a usually small and relatively inexpensive article given, kept, or purchased as a reminder of a place visited, an occasion, etc.; memento.
a memory.

1765–75; < French, noun use of (se) souvenir to remember < Latin subvenīre to come to mind, equivalent to sub- sub- + venīre to come

1. reminder, keepsake, token. Unabridged
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souvenir (ˌsuːvəˈnɪə, ˈsuːvəˌnɪə)
1.  an object that recalls a certain place, occasion, or person; memento
2.  euphemistic, slang (Austral), (NZ) to steal or keep (something, esp a small article) for one's own use; purloin
[C18: from French, from (se) souvenir to remember, from Latin subvenīre to come to mind, from sub- up to + venīre to come]

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Word Origin & History

1775, "a remembrance or memory," from Fr. souvenir, from O.Fr., noun use of souvenir (v.) "to remember, come to mind," from L. subvenire "come to mind," from sub- "up" + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning "token of remembrance, memento" is first recorded 1782.
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Example sentences
The collection of souvenir spoons in the jewelry stores has recently had two
  new ones added to its number.
Hammon, the students wrote, allowed the suicidal student to buy a knife from a
  souvenir shop.
My initial disappointment in this apparently not-so-divine souvenir quickly
  gives way to excitement.
Statuettes are produced at a nearby souvenir factory.
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