- The definition of a souvenir is something you keep to remind you of a trip or other event.
A snow globe you bring back from your vacation is an example of a souvenir.
Origin: Fr, origin, originally infinitive , to remember from Classical Latin subvenire, to come to mind: see subvene
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Origin: French, from Old French, to recall, memory, from Latin subvenīre, to come to mind : sub-, sub- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.