memento

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin mementō (remember), imperative form of meminī (I remember).

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memento (plural mementos or mementoes)

  1. A keepsake; an object kept as a reminder of a place or event.
    I kept the shell as a memento of my visit to the seashore.
    • 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, in Guardian[1]:
      Many hospitals have not taken simple steps to lessen the distress and confusion which dementia sufferers' often feel on being somewhere so unfamiliar – such as making signs large and easy to read, using colour schemes to help patients find their way around unfamiliar wards and not putting family mementoes such as photographs nearby.

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  • The spelling momento is so common that some references now no longer consider it a misspelling.

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

memento m (plural mementi)

  1. memento, keepsake
  2. warning

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

mementō

  1. second-person singular future active imperative of meminī - remember!

References[edit]

  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “memento”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /memento/
  • Hyphenation: me‧men‧to

Noun[edit]

memento m (Cyrillic spelling мементо)

  1. memento