An example of memento is a postcard from a favorite trip to Paris.
- 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 mement&omacron;, 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").