The definition of a memento is something that reminds someone of a person, place, event, etc.
An example of memento is a postcard from a favorite trip to Paris.
pl. -·tos or -·toes
- R.C.Ch. either of two prayers in the canon of the Mass, one for the living and one for the dead, beginning “Memento”: term used esp. in ref. to the traditional Latin Mass
- anything serving as a reminder or warning
- a souvenir; keepsake
Origin of mementoL, imperative of meminisse, to remember: for Indo-European base see mind
nounpl. me·men·tos or me·men·toes
Origin of mementoMiddle English, commemoration of the living or the dead in the Canon of the Mass, from Latin mementō, imperative of meminisse, to remember; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural mementos or mementoes)
- The alternate spelling momento is so common, some references now no longer consider it a misspelling.
From the Latin mementÅ (“remember!"), imperative form of meminÄ« (“I remember").