something kept, or to be kept, for the sake of, or in memory of, the giver, an event, etc.; memento
Something that one keeps because of the memories it calls to mind.
- Some object given by a person and retained in memory of something or someone; something kept for sentimental or nostalgic reasons.
- She gave him a lock of hair as a keepsake of their time together.
- (historical) Specifically, a type of literary album popular in the nineteenth-century, containing scraps of poetry and prose, and engravings.